Magnolia Dream Cheesecake Recipe
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Magnolia Dream Cheesecake Recipe

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"This is the best cheesecake you will ever taste!" You'll love the light, creamy texture bursting with peach and hazelnut flavor. Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 12 whole graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 pounds ricotta cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons hazelnut liqueur, divided
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 medium peaches, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 518 calories, 33g fat (16g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein


  1. Place a greased 10-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
  2. Place hazelnuts in a food processor; cover and pulse until coarsely chopped. Set aside 1/4 cup for garnish. Add graham crackers and sugar to food processor; cover and process until finely chopped. Add butter; process until blended. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of prepared pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the ricotta, cream cheese, sour cream and sugar until well blended. Beat in flour and 2 tablespoons liqueur. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust. Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  4. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until center is just set and top appears dull. Remove springform pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Toss peaches with remaining liqueur; arrange over top of cheesecake. Sprinkle reserved hazelnuts in the center. Remove sides of pan. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Magnolia Dream Cheesecake in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p19

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"I just realized the recipe does not specify wrapping in foil, but it is definitely always necessary when using a water bath. Also, do not try using two pieces of regular foil in opposite directions. That will also allow water to leak into the pan and wet the crust."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"Just a note about a soggy crust. I always prefer a cheesecake baked in a water buth, but one tiny hole in the foil that the pan is wrapped in will cause a leak that will make the crust wet and suggy. Always use heavy-duty foil, and, if you see a hole created when wrapping, discard and start again."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2011

"The first time I made this recipe, I couldn't get it off the pan without it falling apart. Very loose in the middle. The second time I made it, I reduced the ricotta cheese and sour cream by 4 ounces each and added an extra cream cheese. I did not do a water bath cook the second time, but did place it on a baking sheet. I also substituted amaretto liqueur for the hazelnut and used almonds on top. Absolute perfection!!! Rave reviews."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"It tastes wondeful!!"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"This was my first time making any cheese cake it was very easy it was delicious .I made the cake plain because my daughter has nut allergies.I also read some of the reviews and bought the deli ricotta"

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