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Easy cheesecake is rich with the flavor of maple syrup. Since it is the main flavoring ingredient, make an effort to use real maple syrup and not imitation. You will not regret it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Crust:
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • .
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • .
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preparation:

To make the crust, combine the graham cracker or vanilla wafer crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix well. Press into a 9-inch pie pan. Chill the crust while you make the filling.

To make the filling, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the http://homecooking.about.com/od/milkproducts/a/cannedmilk.htm, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Beat well. Pour into the prepared pie crust. Chill for several hours.

To make the topping, bring the 1 cup maple syrup and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Mix together the egg and cornstarch. Add a little bit of the boiling syrup to the mixture so the egg does not cook before before incorporating it all together. Stir and cook until the syrup is thickened. Spread over the cream cheese filling.

Garnish with the chopped walnuts. Keep refrigerated until served.

Yield: Serves 8.

Per serving: 628 calories; 33.1 g fat (17.5 g saturated fat; 47 percent calories from fat); 77 g carbohydrates; 107 mg cholesterol; 386 mg sodium; 9.4 g protein; 0.7 g fiber.

Recipe Source: Maple Sampler, A Collection of Maple Syrup Recipes by Jan Siegrist (New England Press)
Reprinted with permission.

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