It’s been a long time since I have made a really special dessert. When my husband and I were first married, I use to surprise him with all sorts of sweets that took a good amount of time in the kitchen to make. Now, don’t get me wrong, I make homemade cookies, brownies, cupcakes and those type of things, but I am talking about an indulgent dessert that isn’t on the menu everyday. After being married for almost 12 years having four beautiful children, I can honestly say that baking my husband and I a special dessert to share hasn’t been a priority of mine in a very long time.
I am not a professional baker and baking cheesecakes scare me a little. First of all, Springform pans aren’t my favorite thing to bake in. The latch on my pan has to be just so, so I worry about leakage. For the whole hour the cheesecake is in the oven I worry if it will be too brown on the top, over done or cracked. Will it be under cooked? Ugh, then I have anxiety when I cut into the cheesecake. Did I chill it long enough or is it going to look like someone manhandled every slice? I finally set all of my cheesecake fears aside and just got to work. I figured, as long as I gave it my all and it tasted good, I could go for the rustic look if it didn’t look perfect! 🙂
This White Chocolate & Almond Amaretto Cheesecake turned out to be simply delightful! Amaretto and white chocolate are swirled into every bite of this creamy cheesecake and baked in a buttery graham cracker and almond crust. A delicate almond flavored sour cream layer tops this cheesecake along with beautiful sliced almonds. This indulgent, special dessert, was just what I was hoping for. And guess what? I found that it really didn’t take me that long either!
I love this cheesecake because any minor imperfections can be covered with the sour cream and almond topped layer. Slicing any cheesecake can be tricky, but I find that running a long knife under hot water in between each cut, you pieces will turn out just fine.
Since cheesecake freezes very well, I sliced all of my pieces, placed a small piece of parchment paper between the slices and stored them in the freezer. This way I can take a few slices out on Valentine’s Day or even on this week’s date night in and serve up a special dessert made from scratch and with love.
If you love cheesecake, I hope you’ll give this wonderful treat a try in your kitchen!