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No Bake Orange Cheesecake with Toasted Almonds

No Bake Orange Cheesecake with Toasted AlmondsThis refreshing no-bake orange cheesecake, featuring crunchy toasted almonds, is perfect for springtime entertaining. Recipe created by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
7 ounces butter cookies to make 1 1/2 cups crumbs, about 32 round cookies
1 cup Fisher Sliced Almonds, toasted - divided use
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted unsalted butter

Filling:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
1 (0.25-ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup store-bought orange juice
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 seedless navel orange

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Lightly spray the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray. Finely chop 1/2 cup of the almonds, set aside. Put the cookies into a sealable plastic bag and crush them into fine crumbs by rolling over them with a rolling pin. Transfer the crumbs to a large bowl and mix in the chopped nuts, cinnamon and butter. Press the crumbs in an even layer into the bottom of the pan. Top the crust with 1/4 cup sliced almonds so that some are in the crust and some sitting on top of it. Refrigerate.
  2. For Filling: Sprinkle the gelatin over the orange juice in a small saucepan, let stand 1 minute. Heat over low heat until gelatin is melted, set aside. Grate 1 teaspoon zest from the orange and set aside. Beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth 3 to 5 minutes in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat in condensed milk; scrape down the bowl after addition. When mixture is smooth, stir in melted gelatin and grated orange rind. Spoon the filling over the crust, tapping the sides of the pan to even the filling out. Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.
  3. Peel the rind from the rest of the orange, place it on a cutting board and slice it into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Top the cake with the orange rounds and remaining 1/4 cup sliced almonds.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided by Fishernuts.com via Brandpoint Content; Copyright 1996-2014.