Pineapple Mac Nut Cheesecake
- unsweetened, undrained
Vanilla wafer crumbs
- tablespoons, melted
plus 2 tablespoons
Drain the pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. Set pineapple and
Combine vanilla wafer crumbs, butter, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla
extract; stir well. Firmly press the crumb mixture on the bottom of a 10"
springform pan. Brush with egg white; bake at 350 degrees F. for 10
minutes. Set aside.
Beat cream cheese at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and
fluffy; gradually add 2/3 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition. Stir in 1/4 cup rum and 1 teaspoon
vanilla extract. Fold in reserved pineapple, coconut and macadamia nuts.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for one hour.
Remove cheesecake from oven; increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
Beat sour cream at medium speed 2 minutes. Add reserved pineapple juice,
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 tablespoon rum; beat 1 minute.
Spread mixture on top of cheesecake. Bake at 450 degrees F. for 5 minutes.
Turn oven off. Partially open oven door and let cheesecake cool in oven
for 1 hour. Let cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack; chill at
least 2 hours. Carefully remove sides of springform pan.
Source: America's Best Recipes, 1992 ~ Kona Kitchens, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
~ Bill Weaver, Kona Outdoor Circle