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Desserts

Chocolate Swirl Orange-Almond Cheesecake

photo by:kraft
This cheesecake is loaded with nice touches—like the sliced almonds in the graham cracker crust, the chocolate swirl looks and that touch of cinnamon.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
6 hr 15 min
servings
total:
16 servings

What You Need

1
cup  graham cracker crumbs
1/2
cup  finely chopped PLANTERS Almonds
1-1/4
cups  sugar, divided
1
tsp.  ground cinnamon
1/3
cup  butter or margarine, melted
3
pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3
 eggs
1
Tbsp.  each zest and juice from 1 orange
3
oz.   BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

Make It

HEAT oven to 325°F.

MIX graham crumbs, nuts, 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and butter until blended; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

BEAT cream cheese and remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Divide mixture in half. Stir zest and juice into half the batter, then stir chocolate into remaining batter. Alternately drop spoonfuls of orange and chocolate batters over crust; swirl gently with knife.

BAKE 50 to 55 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind.
How to Cut a Cheesecake
When cutting a cheesecake, use a knife with a thin blade, wiping the blade with a damp paper towel or rinsing with warm water after each cut for best results. Or, try using unwaxed dental floss. Just cut an 18-inch piece of floss, then wrap the ends around your index fingers. Cut the cheesecake in half by pulling the floss through the cheesecake, starting at top surface of cheesecake and keeping the floss pulled tight. Release one end of the floss and pull through bottom of cheesecake. Rewrap the floss and use to cut cheesecake into desired number of slices.
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.
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