Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Cheesecake

Macadamia Nut White Chocolate Cheesecake
 

Makes:  a cheesecake
Start to finish: about two hours


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (230g) roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup (200g) of sugar
  • one dozen vanilla snaps, crushed (or one cup (160g) of  graham cracker crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup (60g)unsalted butter, melted
  • 24 ounces (675g) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (140g) sour cream
  • 12 ounces (340g) white chocolate, melted

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350
°F / 180°C / Gas 4.
2. In a food processor, blender finely chop a little less than half of the nuts with 2 tablespoons of sugar.  In a bowl, mix together chopped nuts, cookie crumbs, and butter.   Press into the bottom of a 10″ springform pan.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and remaining sugar until well-combined, using an electric mixer on medium speed.  Beat in one egg at a time until smoooth.  Blend in the sour cream and melted white chocolate.
4. Coarsely chop the remaining nuts-you can do this with a knife-and fold into the cheesecake mixture.  Pour over crust.
5. Bake the cheesecake for 50 minutes. 
6. After baking, immediately turn off the oven, but leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door cracked open for an hour.  Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before covering and allowing to chill in the fridge overnight.

If you’re going to get bored while you’re waiting on the cheesecake, you should make this:


Optional Candied Macadamia Nut Topping


Ingredients

  • 5 ounces (140g) roasted macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5mL) vanilla

Method
1. Put ya nutz, sugar, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Frequently stir for about 15 minutes-until sugar is caramelized.
3. Stir in vanilla and transfer nuts to wax paper or foil.
4. Use a utensil to spread nuts evenly. 
5. Let cool and throw ’em on the cheesecake once it’s ready to serve.
 
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