Oregon Hazelnut Cheesecake

Hazelnuts make a pretty topper for this rich cheesecake dessert.


Oregon Hazelnut Cheesecake

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Servings: 12 to 16
Prep Time: 35 mins
Related Categories: Cheesecake, Desserts
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Ingredients
  • 1   
    recipe Hazelnut Crumb Topping (see recipe below)
  • 2   teaspoons 
    butter
  • 3/4  cup 
    toasted* hazelnuts, finely ground
  • 3  8  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1   cup 
    sugar
  • 2   tablespoons 
    sifted cake flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup 
    half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/3  cup 
    honey
  • 4   
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2  cup 
    toasted* hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
Hazelnut Crumb Topping
  • 1/4  cup 
    packed brown sugar
  • 2   tablespoons 
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/8  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 2   tablespoons 
    butter
  • 1/2  cup 
    toasted hazelnuts,* chopped

Directions
1.
Prepare Hazelnut Crumb Topping. Set aside.
2.
Preheat oven to 400 degree F. For crust, use the butter to grease bottom and 1-1/2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Press ground hazelnuts onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Chill while preparing filling.
3.
For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, and flour with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in half-and-half, honey, eggs, and coarsely chopped hazelnuts.
4.
Pour filling into nut-lined pan. Place pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully sprinkle Hazelnut Crumb Topping evenly over top of cheesecake. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degree F and bake 35 to 40 minutes more or until center appears nearly set when shaken.
5.
Cool in springform pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen the crust from the sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes more. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. (Top may crack upon cooling.) Makes 12 to 16 servings.
Hazelnut Crumb Topping
1.
In a bowl stir together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in toasted hazelnuts,* chopped.

Tip
  • * Toasting Hazelnuts: Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spread hazelnuts in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice, until portions of nuts visible through skin appear lightly browned. Immediately pour out onto a clean kitchen towel. Fold towel over nuts; rub gently with towel to remove skins.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 500, Fat, total (g) 37, chol. (mg) 144, sat. fat (g) 16, carb. (g) 36, Monosaturated fat (g) 16, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 30, pro. (g) 10, vit. A (IU) 1020, vit. C (mg) 1, sodium (mg) 223, calcium (mg) 91, iron (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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