Almond Poppyseed Cheesecake

Almond Poppyseed Cheesecake

1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 tbl Sugar
1/4 cup Almonds finely chopped
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/4 cup Margarine

1 1/2 lb Cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup Sugar
4 Eggs at room temperature
1/3 cup Whipping cream
2 tsp Almond extract
1 1/2 tsp Poppy seeds

1 1/2 cup Sour cream
1 1/2 tbl Sugar
1/2 tsp Almond extract
1/2 cup Sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lightly grease a 9″ springform pan. Mix crust ingredients together and press into bottom and 1″ up sides of pan.

Set aside. Beat cream cheese with electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add cream, almond extract and poppyseeds. Turn mixture into prepared crust. Set pan on baking sheet. Bake for 2 hours or until toothpick inserted in center tests clean.

Mix topping ingredients (except for sliced almonds) together; spread topping over hot cheesecake, sprinkle with sliced almonds and bake 5 more minutes or until topping is set.

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