Nutty Halvah Cheesecake

Author: Canadian Living

Halvah is candy made in blocks from ground sesame seeds and honey and can contain chopped pistachios and dried fruit. It even comes in a marble form and covered with chocolate. Add chunks of this sweet, with its toasty sesame flavour, to a creamy cheesecake.

  • Portion size 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg (each 8 oz/250g) cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped halvah
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Base:
  • 1 cup graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
Garnish:
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

Method

Grease 8-1/2-inch (2.25 L) springform pan. Place on large square of heavy-duty foil; press foil up against side of pan.

Base: In bowl, stir together crumbs, ground almonds and butter until moistened. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 10 minutes or until firm. Let cool.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each and scraping down side of bowl often. Stir in sour cream, halvah, flour and vanilla; pour over base. Place pan in larger pan; pour in enough hot water to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up side.

Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven until edge is set but centre still jiggles slightly, about 1-1/4 hours. Turn off oven. Quickly run knife around edge of cake. Let cool in oven for 1 hour. Transfer to rack; remove foil and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or until set. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Garnish: In small saucepan, heat corn syrup; brush over side of cake. Press sesame seeds onto side of cake. Sprinkle sliced almonds around top edge.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 248 mg
  • Protein 10 g
  • Calories 437.0
  • Total fat 31 g
  • Cholesterol 119 mg
  • Saturated fat 16 g
  • Total carbohydrate 31 g

%RDI

  • Iron 11.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 9.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 8.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 27.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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