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Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

Luscious Black Forest Cheesecake Recipe

A friend gave me this recipe and it's quickly become popular at our house. I enjoy making it when we entertain. My husband and I are dairy farmers and have three pre-school age children. I enjoy trying new recipes as well as yardwork and crafts. —Patricia Plett, Blumenort, Manitoba
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling YIELD:12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon brandy extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Maraschino cherries and additional whipped cream and melted chocolate for garnish, optional

Directions

  • 1. Combine crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine 1/3 cup gelatin mixture with pie filling and almond extract; pour into crust and chill until set.
  • 3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate, brandy extract and remaining gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream; spread over cherry layer. Chill at least 3 hours.
  • 4. Remove from pan. Garnish with the whipped cream, cherries and chocolate if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 211 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.