Saturated with almond flavoring and delicious tart cherries, this is the yummiest cherry cheesecake you'll ever make! Layers of tart cherries below and above the cheesecake, you’ll have an incredible flavorful bite no matter what you do. Be prepared to blow people's socks off. This cheesecake is a top choice for gatherings of any kind!
Ahhh, there are just a few days left in 2017. Was it a good year for you? Or are you eager to begin a fresh chapter? For us, 2017 brought a ton of incredible adventures, opportunities, memories, growth and blessings, alongside some dark and difficult times, too. I'm feeling grateful as we prepare to say hello to 2018 and I'm also eager to set new, healthy habits in motion. I should probably aim to reduce my sugar intake, but.. I'll put that one on hold till next-next year.
I've been dreaming up this Cherry Almond Cheesecake for weeks. I was tickled that it turned out even better than it did in my head. I love it when this happens (it does not always work out this way). It's like this is half cherry dessert and half cheesecake, but it's not on the typical side either way you go. I served this cherry cheesecake at two different holiday gatherings and I'd describe people's reactions as surprised by the deliciousness and also intrigued about what it was called.
I absolutely adore the flavor that the tart cherries offer but f you cannot find canned tart cherries, regular will suffice. And so you know, I feel it is important to divulge that I'm not a huge cheesecake lover. This Cherry Almond Cheesecake, though.. I am totally in love. This one is being added to the top of my DESSERTS FOR PARTIES list.
HOW TO PREPARE A DELICIOUS CHERRY ALMOND CHEESECAKE
Almonds and cherries are meant to go together like peanut butter and jelly!
Either in a food processor or ziploc bag, pulse or crush the graham crackers until fine crumbs are formed. If using food processor, add the almonds. If not, chop the almonds very finely using a sharp knife. Add graham cracker crumbs and chopped almonds to a large mixing bowl. Add the 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of melted butter. Stir until crumbs are moist. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom and sides of the prepared pan- about two-thirds of the way to the top. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the cherries (including liquids), 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Pour half of the cherries evenly over the crust. Place the springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, Add the cream cheese and 1 cup of sugar to a large bowl (or bowl of a stand mixer). Using whisk attachments, beat the cream cheese mixture on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until free of lumps. Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined. Pour the cheese mixture over the top of the baked cherry crust and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes, or until the center of the cheesecake is thoroughly cooked (the entire cheesecake will jiggle uniformly when done).
Place hot springform pan on a wire rack until cooled, about 15 minutes.
Pour the remaining cherries evenly over the top, cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours before serving. Cut into slices and serve with whipped cream, if desired!
CAN I USE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM FOR THIS RECIPE?
Absolutely yes! If desired, replace Homemade Whipped Cream with the whipped topping called for in the recipe card.
LEARN TO MAKE HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM IN THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL!
WHAT IS A SPRINGFORM PAN & USING AN ALTERNATIVE
A springform pan is a cake pan with removable sides. It bakes the same way that a cake does in a regular pan. But it’s great to use when you bake a cake like cheesecake, where you have a delicious graham crust to reveal. While a springform pan is ideal for cheesecake, you can make do with a cake pan. Make sure that you line it with parchment paper and then grease it well.
After claiming not to be a huge cheesecake lover, I realized that I actually have quite a few of them on my website (all of which I love). Check out these creations for more creamy deliciousness: Banana Cheesecake, Butterfinger Cheesecake, Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and Peach-Topped Blueberry Cheesecake (oh-my-gosh this one is soooo good).
HAPPY 2018, my friends! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being here. Here's to a new year filled with good things for you and yours!