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Black Forest Cheesecake

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My mother’s favorite dessert was black forest cake. I enjoy trying new recipes and I came up with a modern cheesecake version of the classic cake; it's quickly become popular. I enjoy making it when I entertain.

What You Need:
(Makes: 12 to 16 servings)

1 & 1/4 cups of chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup of butter, melted
2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
1 cup of cold water
1 can (21 ounces) of cherry pie filling
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
2 packages (8 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup of sugar
2 ounces of semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon of brandy extract or vanilla extract
1 cup of heavy whipping cream, whipped
Maraschino cherries
Additional whipped cream, optional
Melted chocolate for garnish, optional

What to Do:
STEP 1)
Combine the chocolate wafer crumbs and butter; press into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Chill for 15 minutes.

STEP 2) In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Combine 1/3 cup gelatin mixture with pie filling and almond extract; pour into crust and chill until set.

STEP 3) In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the melted chocolate, brandy extract and remaining gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped cream; spread over cherry layer. Chill at least 3 hours.

STEP 4) Remove from pan. Garnish with the cherries, whipped cream and chocolate if desired.

STEP 5) Enjoy!

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