Recipe by *Pixie*
A shortbread like crust topped with cherries, and cheesecake with a crumb topping. This is my attempt to replicate a deliciously different cherry cheesecake that a restaurant in this area used to make years ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Note that I used light products for this recipe only because that is what I tend to buy these days.
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 2 egg yolks
- 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds, crushed
- 1 (19 ounce) can cherry pie filling (I used E.D. Smith's Light and Fruity)
- 1 (8 ounce) package light cream cheese, softened
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup light sour cream
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350F and lightly spray a 10" springform pan with cooking spray.
- Crush the sliced almonds with your hands, until they are crumbs (they don't need to be extremely fine).
- Mix the almonds, flour, and 1/2 cup sugar then add the butter and egg yolks to form crumbs (note you do not want this to form a ball, it should be nice small crumbs).
- Press 1/2 to 2/3 of the crumbs into the base of a springform pan then spread evenly with the cherry pie filling.
- Beat the eggs, egg whites, 2/3 cup sugar, cream cheese and sour cream until smooth then pour evenly over the cherries.
- Make sure the remaining crumb mixture is very finely crumbled then sprinkle it lightly and evenly over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Bake for 50 minutes then remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
- Note: The cheesecake portion takes awhile to firm up and is better the second day.