Candy Cane Cheesecake

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Candy Cane Cheesecake
With a rich chocolate base and topped with crushed candy canes, it's the ultimate holiday dessert.

Ingredients

2 pkg cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 cups (500 mL) sour cream
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) peppermint extract

Crust:
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted

Topping:
1 cup (250 mL) sour cream
2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
2 tbsp (25 mL) coarsely crushed candy canes

Preparation

Grease bottom of 9-inch (2.5 L) springform pan; line side with parchment paper. Set pan on large square of heavy-duty foil; press up side of pan. Set aside.

Crust: In bowl, stir crumbs with butter until moistened; press into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, 10 minutes. Let cool on rack.

In large bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Beat in sugar until smooth; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Beat in sour cream, lemon juice and peppermint extract. Pour over crust.

Set springform pan in larger pan; pour enough hot water into larger pan to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up sides.

Bake cheesecake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until shine disappears and edge is set yet centre still jiggles slightly, about 1 hour.

Topping: Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla; spread over cheesecake. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn off oven. Let stand in oven for 1 hour.

Remove cheesecake from water and transfer to rack; remove foil and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) To serve, sift candy to remove powder; sprinkle pieces around edge.

Servings: 20

Nutritional Info.

approx. Per Serving

Cal  247

Pro  4 g

Total Fat  18 g

Sat. Fat  11 g

Carb- 18 g

Fibre  0

Chol  76 mg

Sodium  171 mg

%RDI  -

Calcium  6%

Iron  7%

Vit A  17%

Vit C  -

Folate  6%

 

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