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To celebrate today, Kathryn and I made this yummy recipe (from a sweet lady at our church). We had lots of fun doing it together! It is easy and doesn’t take very long. Enjoy!

Creamy Almond Cheesecake

Crust:

1 3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs

2 Tbsp. sugar

6 Tbsp. melted butter

Filling:

2 (8 oz. each) pkg. cream cheese

2/3 c. sugar

1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

2 eggs

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Press cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar into a pie pan (or a spring-form pan) and bake at 325 F for 10 min.

Meanwhile, process cream cheese, sugar, and flour in food processor for 30 sec. or until smooth. Add eggs and process 30 sec. Add lemon juice and extracts and process 15 sec. or until blended. Pour into hot crust. Return to oven – bake 30-35 min. Refrigerate uncovered 5 hrs. or overnight.

Optional  berry topping:

2 c. strawberries, washed, stemmed, and halved

1 1/2 c. blueberries

1/4 c. raspberry or blackberry jelly, melted

After cheesecake is cold, arrange strawberries in 2 rows around outside of edge. Place blueberries in center. Gently brush berries with melted jelly. Store in refrigerator.

 

Notes from Chef Hannah: To make graham cracker crumbs, put the crackers in a plastic bag and beat them with a hammer (but put the bag on a cutting board first so you don’t mess up your counter top!). Be sure to lick the food processor bowl and spatulas. The filling is very yummy! If you use a spring-form pan instead of a pie pan, it takes a little longer to bake.

Smashing the crackers :)The crust is ready to bake!The filling in the food processor

Done!!We like to work together!



6 Responses to “July 30th – Happy National Cheesecake Day!!!”

  1. Sarah Wilkes Says:

    That looks so good Hannah and Kathryn! What a great way to encourage sibling relationships. I look forward to trying this recipe sometime!!

  2. Emily Hynes Says:

    Looks yummy! Where are ya’ll getting all these National ” ” days from? I haven’t heard of them before. Hannah is getting so big!

  3. Sharon Says:

    Good job Hannah- cheesecake is my favorite cake, even on a non-national-whatever-day ha! 😀

  4. The Martins Says:

    Ok I don’t know where you are hiding it, but you must share…..we have come to realize that you have a secret calendar full of national food holidays. Please share (in advance) for all of us who love an excuse to cook more yummy things!

  5. Amanda Says:

    Yes, the cheesecake was fabulous! To answer Emily and the Martins… A friend of ours once gave us a list of holidays: one for every day of the year! We just selected our favorites (usually food ones :P) and marked them on our regular calendar. Maybe we can share them a few days in advance next time… 🙂

  6. Donald S. Says:

    Well that looks even better than a Strawberry CheeseQuake Blizzard at Dairy Queen! And you made it yourself! We will look forward to many more Happy Homemade Holiday Goodies from Hannah!

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