Friday, December 21, 2012

Amaretto Cheesecake and How to Fix the Crack

A very creamy and delicious cheesecake
I think I could live on cheesecake. Probably my all time favorite dessert. I love a traditional New York cheesecake but, any cheesecake will do!  That’s why, whenever I host anything at my house, cheesecake is always on the menu.  This past weekend I hosted a Christmas party for my dinner club.  It was a great evening with wonderful food, good friends and...Amaretto Cheesecake!  This recipe is from Southern Living.  It calls for an almond crust, which added a nice dimension to the flavor.  When I pulled the cheesecake from the oven, it had a big crack down the middle. However, I know how to fix a cracked cheesecake and I’m sharing it with you. This is a very cool trick!  First the cheesecake has to cool...refrigerate it for several hours. You will need an offset spatula and some hot water.  Take the spatula and dip it into the hot water and start to push the cheesecake into the crack, smoothing as you go. If you’re like me you may need to see this done, here is a great video.  So, if your looking for a delicious cheesecake to make over the holidays, this one may be it!
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas!

Almond crust
Cheesecake batter
Just out of the oven with a great big crack down the middle…oh no!
Starting to fix the crack
Once you are finished fixing the crack and smoothing out the sides…refrigerate till ready to serve
The top will dry and it will be smooth all over….I never got pictures of the whole cake 
It was delicious!

Amaretto Cheesecake

Southern Living
Yield: Makes 12 to 14 servings


2 cups sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup sugar, divided
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 1/2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 egg yolks
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup amaretto
Garnishes: whipped cream, chopped toasted almonds


Process almonds in a food processor until ground; add 1/4 cup sugar and butter, and process until blended. Press into bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of an aluminum foil-lined 9-inch springform pan.

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour; beat until smooth. Add whipping cream and amaretto; beat until blended. Spoon into crust.

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°, and bake 30 minutes or until center is firm. Turn off oven. Let cheesecake stand in oven, with oven door closed, 30 minutes. Remove from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.


  1. You've got my number with this cheesecake, the almond crust, the almond filling, I can't stand it! And that crack filling job is pretty nifty!

  2. That's a brilliant tip! Thanks!

  3. I used to make cheesecakes all the time - this certainly looks like one to try! I love Amaretto. And thanks for the repair tip!

    Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas! xoxo

  4. I´m with you about baking cheesecakes; love any type and it´s one of my favorite things to bake. This recipe reminds me that I have an amaretto cheesecake dog-eared in a bon appetit thirty years old, that i alwys put at the top of my list but still never make. It sounds incredible Kathy! Love the flavor. Have the best Christmas!

  5. What a great tip! Your cheesecake is just beautiful and sounds so delicious with the amaretto. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Kathy!

  6. Unbelievable, Kathy. Now this is something I didn't know I needed to know - How To Fix A Crack in a Cheesecake - but I'm pretty happy that, if I'm met with the problem, I can solve it. Itr's amazing what one finds on food blogs these days. Your cheesecake does look amazing and probably went very well with your gorgeous floral arrangement (which I hopes lasts through Christmas). Have a wonderful and merry Christmas. Happy, healthy New Year to you and your family.

  7. Congrats on fixing the crack! I am going to have to remember this one for sure.
    My last cheesecake fail was an underbaked cheesecake that collapsed. I ended up throwing the whole thing into a stoneware baker, throwing it back in the oven and calling it a cheesecake casserole.

    Merry Christmas

  8. You just blew my mind. I need to make this ASAP!

  9. I could indeed live on cheesecake and this tutorial just made my day! Merry Christmas, Kathy to you and yours!

  10. What a great technique. I stopped by to wish you Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

  11. Oh Kathy, bestill my heart, I adore Amaretto Cheesecake, funny thing is I never mind the crack either:) Thank you so much for sharing...A Very Merry Christmas to YOU and Yours!!! Louise

  12. I didn't know you could repair cracked cheesecake--masterful job! Thanks for sharing. Hope your Christmas was great!

  13. Thanks for the tip Kathy as I've been known to produce a cracked cheesecake or two! Yours looks delicious.

  14. Thanks for the tip Kathy as I've been known to produce a cracked cheesecake or two! Yours looks delicious.

  15. Thanks for sharing on how to fix cracks in cheesecakes. Your cheesecake looks beautiful and delicious. I hope you had a nice Christmas.

  16. You fixed the crack so perfectly I wouldn't believe it, if I hadn't seen it first. The cheesecake looks perfect Kathy! I wish to you a very Prosperous and full of Joy New Year!

  17. Really nice texture to your cheesecake and I bet with the almond liquor it heightens the flavor. I great boozy version. Wishing you all the best in 2013.

  18. Happy New Year, Kathy! The cake looks awesome :) I greatly appreciate the video on how to fix a cheesecake crack!