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Apricot Swirl Cheesecake

 Apricot Swirl Cheesecake
I've always loved to cook and try new dishes. But there are just some recipes—like this fancy cheesecake—that I turn to time after time. This is a favorite of family and friends. —Ardyth Voss, Rosholt, South Dakota
12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • Whipped cream and toasted sliced almonds

Directions

  • Grease the bottom and sides of a 10-in. springform pan; sprinkle with
  • ground almonds and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, cook apricots and water for 15 minutes over
  • medium heat or until the water is nearly absorbed and apricots are
  • tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon peel; cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a blender; cover and process until smooth and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour until smooth.
  • Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat in cream just
  • until blended. Stir 1 cup into pureed apricots; set aside.
  • Pour remaining mixture into prepared pan. Drop apricot mixture by 1/2

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Apricot Swirl Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • teaspoonfuls over filling. Cut through filling with a knife to swirl
  • apricot mixture. Place pan on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around
  • edge of pan to loosen. Cool 1 hour longer.
  • In a small saucepan, heat preserves. Press through a strainer
  • (discard pulp). Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and sliced almonds. Refrigerate
  • leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 314 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 44 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.