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    Halvah Filo Cheesecake (Jewish)

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    1 hr 15 mins

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    55 mins

    Sydney Mike's Note:

    Here is a dessert for Chanukah -- Festival of Lights. It was found in the 1998 publication, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. Preparation time does not include the time needed for the baked cake to chill & set.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. 2
      FOR THE CRUST: Spread 1 sheet of phyllo lightly with melted butter & with it line a 10-inch springform pan, allowing the excess to overhang.
    3. 3
      Repeat the process with another 4 sheets of phyllo, pressing each one into the pan, starting at the center & allowing the excess to drape over the sides~ If the phyllo you use is smaller, overlap the sheets to create the same effect. Reserve the remaining sheets of phyllo for garnishing the top after baking.
    4. 4
      FOR THE FILLING: In a bowl, cream the cheese with the 4 whole eggs, the 1 yolk, vanilla, sesame oil, yogurt, honey, sugar & flour, & combine until smooth, then stir in the nuts & halvah.
    5. 5
      Pour into the prepared shell, trim the phyllo overhang to rest just on the rim of the pan, then bake about 45 minutes or until the cake is set.
    6. 6
      Meanwhile, cut the remaining phyllo sheets in quarters & brush them with butter.
    7. 7
      Remove the cake from the oven & increase the temperature to 400 degrees F, then arrainge the butteres filo sheets on top of the cake in an irregular patchwork, but covering the surface of the cake.
    8. 8
      Return the pan to the oven to brown the top phyllo, about 8-10 minutes, then remove & chill the cake until set.
    9. 9
      FOR THE TOPPING: When ready to serve, warm the honey & drizzle it over the cake, before topping that with the toasted sesame seeds & chopped pistachio nuts.

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    Nutritional Facts for Halvah Filo Cheesecake (Jewish)

    Serving Size: 1 (102 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 348.0
    Calories from Fat 233
    Total Fat 25.9 g
    Saturated Fat 14.1 g
    Cholesterol 126.9 mg
    Sodium 215.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 11.3 g
    Protein 7.4 g

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