Showstopper Eggnog Cheesecake

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Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
1 hr 10 mins

I got this out of the latest issue of "Midwest Living." This will definately get made for the holiday season! There are two options, baking with or without a waterbath. Cook time is for waterbath option.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. For the crust: In a medium bowl, stir together the ground cashews, graham crackers and the 1/2 cup sugar.
  2. Drizzle the melted butter over the cashew mixture.
  3. Toss till mixed well.
  4. Press the cashew mixture onto the bottom and about 1 1/2 inches up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan.
  5. Wrap outside of the springform pan securely with heavy foil.
  6. Set aside.
  7. For filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium-high speed 3 to 4 minutes or till mixture is completely smooth, scraping sides of bowl.
  8. Reduce speed to medium, beat in rum (if you like), sugar, vanilla and nutmeg.
  9. Add eggs all at once, beat on low speed till just combined.
  10. Stir in eggnog.
  11. Pour filling into crust-lined pan.
  12. Place springform pan in a large roasting pan.
  13. (Make sure there's at least 1 inch between the springform pan and the edges of the roasting pan).
  14. Place roasting pan on oven rack.
  15. Carefully pour enough hot tap water into roasting pan to come halfway up side of springform pan.
  16. Bake in 350 oven 60 to 70 minutes or till edge of cheesecake is firm and center appears nearly set when lightly shaken.
  17. Carefully remove pan from water bath, transfer to a wire rack.
  18. Cool 15 minutes.
  19. Remove foil.
  20. Lossen crust from sides and cool 30 minutes.
  21. Remove sides of pan, cool.
  22. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 2 days.
  23. Garnish with cashew brittle, if you like.
  24. To bake without the water bath: Prepare cheesecake as above, except omit the foil; place the pan with filling in a shallow roasting pan.
  25. Bake without water bath 45 to 50 minutes or till center appears nearly set when shaken.
  26. Surface will have a more golden color than cheesecake baked in a water bath.