I have been gathering together all of my amaretto cheesecake recipes today.
While working on organizing, I been overwhelmed with the many hundreds of delicious cheesecake recipes on little scraps of paper, including sugar free recipes that I have collected over the years. I never dreamed I had tried so many in my years!
These include many amaretto recipes. I find it so interesting that this dessert
is so popular all over the world. I also find that the story about amaretto
liqueur is quite interesting.
Do the amaretto cheesecake recipes all contain almonds? I use to consider amaretto being a by- product of the almond therefore anything called amaretto had to include almonds. What I did not realize was that there are many forms of the almond. The almond is not really a nut but is a “drupe”. A “drupe” is any fruit with a soft fleshy part around an inner stone that contains a seed like those in the peach family. The pits of these fruits would be almonds also.
Amaretto cheesecake recipes are flavored with amaretto liqueur and often almonds in some form are added. Amaretto liqueur is a sweet flavored Italian liqueur. It is often associated with the area of Saronno because that was the origination of the liqueur. (Some debate this origination but do say this area is ONE of the first.) Now this brings me to the amaretto and almond connection. As the story goes this original brand was actually made with apricot pits. Apricots being of the same family as the peach have a pit in the center of the fruit like the peach. This pit is an almond which produces a delicious sweet liqueur.
Other brands of amaretto to use in amaretto cheesecake recipes might be made with almond pits, apricot pits or a combination of both with varying degrees of sweetness or tartness. By combining a variety of fruits, an almond flavor is achieved. This Italian liqueur is not only used as a flavoring in Amaretto cheesecake recipes but is also very popular for drinks; both as a mixer and served over ice. It is used a lot in cooking all types of recipes but especially desserts. It can be added to strawberry recipes or other fruit desserts; I think it is especially good when combined with chocolate or coconut.
Does this mean that you can substitute amaretto with apricot liqueur in your amaretto cheesecake recipes? Well, you could but it will not give you the same results. The apricot liqueur is made from the juice of the sun ripened fruit rather than from the pit or almond. After cooking the flesh of the apricots with sugar, the juice is combined with your choice of alcohol like white wine or apricot snaps depending on the brand you choose or how you make your own.
NOTE: I use Disaronno Amaretto; I think it is the best. If I go to all the trouble to make an amaretto cheesecake recipe I like to use the best alcohol possible. This gives a very delicious flavor!
PEACHES AND CREAM CHEESECAKE RECIPE
After learning a little about what is amaretto liqueur, you can see it and peaches make a perfect pair in amaretto cheesecake recipes.
Combine and beat butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy; blend in 1 egg.
Slowly add ¾ cup flour and blend well; spread dough onto bottom of 9 inch spring form pan.
Bake in preheated oven at 450F degrees for 10 minutes; set aside.
Combine cream cheese, ¾ cup sugar and 3 tablespoons flour in large mixing bowl.
Beat on medium speed until well blended; add eggs one at a time beating well after each.
Add peaches and liqueur and mix well; pour over crust.
Bake at 450F degrees for 10 minutes.
REDUCE OVEN TEMPERATURE TO 250F degrees.
Continue baking 65 minutes; loosen cake with knife from rim of pan and cool to room temperature.
Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight; garnish with peach slices and sliced almonds.
CHOCOLATE COOKIE CRUST CHEESECAKE
This is one of the best amaretto cheesecake recipes; the combination of the dark brown sugar and amaretto is fabulous on this chocolate cookie crust. This is one of the more expensive cheesecake recipes to make because of the amaretto liqueur. It cost me about $27.00 for all the ingredients but the combination of the brown sugar, amaretto and the sour cream topping makes it so heavenly delicious.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Wrap bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan securely with aluminum foil
Combine all crust ingredients and blend until moistened like wet sand.
Press into foil wrapped pan; set aside.
Beat cream cheese on medium speed until creamy; beat in brown sugar.
Add egg yolks and whole eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Blend in Amaretto Liqueur after adding eggs.
Pour batter into prepared pan; place pan in a larger baking pan.
Pour hot water in larger pan to come up 1/3 the sides of foil wrapped spring form pan.
Bake for 1 hour or until cake is just set.
Turn oven off and allow cake to set in oven with door closed for another 30 minutes.
NOTE: I remove cake and pan of water from over, set on top of stove and lay a piece of foil over top. Then I turn the oven back on and preheat to 375F degrees. Prepare topping while oven is reheating.
Beat sugar, egg yolks, vanilla and amaretto until fluffy; beat in sour cream.
Pour topping over cake and bake at 375F degrees for 10 minutes.
NOTE: This time put spring form pan in without water pan.
Turn oven off and allow cake to cool in oven for at least 30 minutes.
Open oven door a little and let amaretto cheesecake recipe set on oven shelf until cooled.
Remove cake from oven, remove foil from outside of pan and chill overnight.
CHOCOLATE AMARETTO CHEESECAKE RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Grease bottom of 10 inch spring form pan with 1 teaspoon butter.
Press ground almonds into bottom of buttered pan.
Melt 1 pound chocolate in heavy saucepan over very low heat stirring constantly until melted; cool.
Beat melted chocolate, cream cheese, ½ cup butter, sugar and amaretto in large mixing bowl on medium speed until blended.
Add whole eggs and egg yolk all at once and beat just until blended; pour into nut lined pan.
Place spring form pan on shallow baking pan in oven; bake 55 minutes or until center appears nearly set.
Remove spring form pan from oven and shallow pan; set on rack to cool for 15 minutes.
Run knife around sides of pan to loosen sides of pan; cool 30 minutes longer.
Remove sides of pan; cool another hour.
Chill for at least 4 hours
If desired garnish with chocolate leaves, sifted powdered sugar, sifted cocoa powder or berries or all of these.
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