Poppy Cheesecake

SERVES: 12  COOK TIME: 1 hour  TOTAL TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

1⁄2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk

Filling

2 package(8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can Solo Poppy Seed Cake and Pastry Filling or 1 jar Baker Poppy Seed Filling, divided
1⁄2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Topping

1⁄3 cup raisins
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon dark rum

Instructions

To bake this poppy seed cheesecake recipe, beat butter, egg yolk, sugar and salt in medium-size bowl with electric mixer until very creamy.

Stir in flour to make soft dough.

Shape dough into flattened round, wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap, and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Press dough onto bottom and halfway up side of 9-inch springform pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F.

To make filling, beat cream cheese and sugar in medium-size bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs. Add half of poppy filling, lemon peel, and lemon juice and beat until thoroughly blended.

Pour into pastry-lined pan.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until center is set.

Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Refrigerate in pan several hours or until well chilled.

To make topping, place raisins in bowl, add rum and stir.

Set aside. Whip cream with electric mixer until firm.

Place remaining poppy filling in medium-size bowl and stir in reserved raisins and rum. Fold in whipped cream.

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