By Eileen Goltz, CuisinebyEileen.com. Modified from smittenkitchen.com
An almond crust and an apricot marbled cheese filling combine for a truly outstanding cheesecake.
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup slivered almonds, coarsely ground
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3-cup margarine, melted
4 oz dried apricots
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 ounces dairy sour cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 350. In medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients; mix well. Press mixture in bottom and 2 inches up sides of 9-inch spring-form pan. Set aside.
In medium saucepan, combine apricots and 1/2-cup water. Cook covered over low heat 15 minutes or until apricots are tender. Stir in 1/2-cup sugar. Puree in blender container or food processor bowl with metal blade. Blend until mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, beat together 1-cup sugar, cream cheese, sour cream and almond extract. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until smooth and creamy. Blend 1-cup cream cheese mixture with apricot puree. Pour remaining cream cheese mixture into pan. Carefully drop spoonfuls of apricot mixture randomly over cream cheese. Pull knife through batter in wide curves; turn pan and repeat for swirl effect. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until center is set. (To minimize cracking, place a shallow pan half full of hot water on lower oven rack during baking.) Cool to room temperature on cooling rack. Carefully remove sides of pan. Cover; refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.
Yield: Serves 12 to 14
Recipes: Desserts, Cheesecake, Apricot, Dairy, Kosher