Honey Cheesecake

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  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 70 mins

To keep the cheesecake from cracking, run a knife between the crust and pan a few minutes after removing it from the oven. The cheesecake will cool and condense without sticking to the pan’s sides.

Ingredients

2tablespoons butter, melted
1/3cup finely ground walnuts
1/4cup vanilla wafer crumbs
1 1/2pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4cup honey, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/4cup heavy cream
2teaspoons vanilla extract
1tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Brush inside of 8- or 9-inch springform pan with melted butter. Mix walnuts and cookie crumbs in small bowl; spread evenly in the pan, coating bottom and sides.
  3. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup honey with a mixer at medium speed until smooth, scraping down bowl’s sides occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs one at a time; beat in cream and vanilla. Beat in flour, cinnamon and salt. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until lightly browned and a little puffed. Cheesecake will jiggle in the center but will set as it cools. Cool on a wire rack 2 hours. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons honey and garnish with berries, if desired.

Recipe by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

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