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Palm Beach Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Miami Herald, 11/2/95, LISA CRAWFORD
Servings: 8
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts / Nuts

Ingredients:

-----FOR THE CRUST-----
1  cup  Walnuts, ground
2  cups  Graham cracker crumbs
4  tablespoons  Butter, melted

-----FOR THE FILLING-----
1 1/2  pounds  Cream cheese
1 1/4  cups  Dark brown sugar
1 1/2  teaspoons  Vanilla
3    Eggs
1  cup  Walnuts, finely chopped
    -----FOR THE PRALINE SAUCE-----
1/4  cup  Dark brown sugar
4  tablespoons  Butter
1/2  cup  Heavy cream
1/2  cup  Walnuts, chopped
25    Walnut, halves

Directions:
1. Make the crust: Combine the ground walnuts, graham cracker crumbs, and melted butter. Press the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

2. Make the filling: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Cream the cheese with sugar and vanilla. Add eggs gradually, beating until smooth. Stir in walnuts. Pour into crusts and bake for 1 1/2 hours, until barely set. Cool inpan on rack. (May be prepared up to 48 hours in advance if covered and refrigerated)

3. Make the sauce: Heat the sugar and butter over medium high heat, stirring until smooth. Whisk in cream. Boil, whisking, about 5 minutes, until sugar barely begins to caramelize. Add walnuts. Cool to lukewarm. Slice cheesecake, top with sauce and garnish with walnut halves.


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