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Alma's Poppyseed Cheesecake

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12 servings

This yummy poppyseed cheesecake won Alma first place in the Philly Recipe Contest in '02. More than a decade later, it's still a winner—and now a classic.

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  • Heat oven to 225°F.
  • Mix graham crumbs and cinnamon; sprinkle onto bottom and up side of 9-inch springform pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Beat cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, flour and poppy seed with mixer until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Beat egg yolks in separate bowl with whisk until fluffy. Add to cream cheese mixture; mix just until blended.
  • Beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt in small bowl with mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until blended. Gently stir in cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake 1 hour 45 min.; turn off oven. Let cheesecake stand in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.


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Blending Cream Cheese

When blending cream cheese in dessert recipes, make sure the cream cheese and sugar are completely blended, free of lumps and smooth before adding any other ingredients. If the cream cheese is too cold, it will not blend easily. To easily soften cream cheese, place a completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 15 sec. or until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.

Special Extra

Serve topped with fresh sliced strawberries.


  • 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
Calories 370
Total fat 26g
Saturated fat 15g
Cholesterol 180mg
Sodium 290mg
Carbohydrate 28g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 23g
Protein 8g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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