FOR THE BASE
150g / 5oz digestive biscuits
50g /2oz whole almonds lightly toasted
50g/2oz butter, MELTED
1/2 tsp almond essence
FOR THE FILLING:
350g/12oz white chocolate chopped
125ml/4 fl oz double cream
700g/1 1/2 lb cream cheese softened
50g/2oz caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 tbsp amaretto or almond flavoured liqueur
FOR THE TOPPING
450ml/ 3/4 pint soured cream
50g/2oz caster sugar 1/2 tsp almond OR vanilla essence
white chocolate curls (or grated white choc) to decorate
1: Preheat oven to 180 deg c / 350 deg f or gas mark 4 10 mis before baking . LIghtly oil a 23×7.5xm / 9×3 inch spring form tin.
Crush the biscuits and almonds in a food bag to form fine crumbs.
2; Pour in the butter and almond essence and blend. Pour the crumbs into the tin and using the back of a spoon , press on to the bottom and up the sides to within 1cm / 1/2 inch for the top of the tin edge.
3: Bake in the preheated oven for 5 mins to set.
Remove and transfer to a wire rack(DO NOT TAKE BASE OUT OF TIN) OR UNDO THE SPRINGFORM TIN). Reduce the oven temp. to 150 deg c / 300 deg f / gas mark 2.
4: Heat the white chocolate and cream in a pan over a LOW heat, stirring constantly until melted. Remove and cool.
5: Beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly beat in the cooked white chocolate and cream and the Amaretto and pour into the baked crust. place on a baking tray and bake for 45-55 mins, until the edge of the cake is firm but the centre is slightly soft. Reduce the oven temperature if the top begins to brown.
Remove to a wire rack and INCREASE the temp to 200 deg c / 400 deg f / gas mark 6.
6: To make the topping, beat the soured cream , sugar and almond or vanilla essence until smooth and gently pour over the cheesecake, tilting the pan to distribute the topping evenly. Alternatively spread with a metal knife.
7: Bake for another 5 mins to set.
Turn off the oven and leave the door half way open for about 1 hour.
Transfer to a wire rack and run a sharp knife around the edge of the crust to separate from the tin. Cool and refrigerate until chilled. Remove from the tin, and decorate.
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