Daily Recipe 03/17/04 : Chocolate Almond Cheesecake
New York City

Chocolate Almond Cheesecake is today's daily recipe from NYC Chef Dr. Delicious.
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Chef's Daily Recipe for 03/17/04 : Chocolate Almond Cheesecake
"Chocolate Almond Cheesecake"
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1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Combine crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa and butter;  mix well.  Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan;  chill.  In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream and remaining sugar until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in 1 teaspoon of extract and remaining cocoa.  Pour into crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until the center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 8 hours.  In a mixing bowl, whip cream until it mounds slightly.  Add confectioners' sugar and remaining extract;  continue whipping until soft peaks form. Spread evenly over cheesecake. Sprinkle with almonds. Store in refrigerator.  Serves 12.

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