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I was given a piece of cheesecake a couple of Christmases ago it have a nut crust that really added so much to the cheesecake. I have been unable to contact the person the made the cheesedcake. Can an
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Nut crusts

posted at 11/17/2010 2:53 PM EST
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I was given a piece of cheesecake a couple of Christmases ago it have a nut crust that really added so much to the cheesecake. I have been unable to contact the person the made the cheesedcake. Can anyone tell me where to find recipes for nut crusts?

Thanks in advance Carol

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/17/2010 4:11 PM EST
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That sounds really good.  I found one on allrecipies.com, but haven't tied it yet:

Ingredients - 2 1/2 cups ground pecans, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/3 cup sugar, 4 TBS unsalted butter (melted)
  1. Stir together ground nuts, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix in melted butter.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch, deep-dish style, pie pan. Chill the unbaked crust in the refrigerator for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Place pie crust on a cookie sheet, and position on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. WATCH it carefully, as nut crusts burn easily; they DON'T have to turn black to taste burnt! Cool completely before filling.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/17/2010 6:26 PM EST
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I have a wonderful cookbook "From Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds to Basic Apple It's AS EASY AS PIE" by Susan G. Purdy and here is a recipe from the book.
Nut: (Almond, Hazelnut, Brazil Nut, Walnut, Pecan, Peanut or a blend of them.
1 3/4 to 2 Cups ground nuts made from 1 pound shelled whole nuts.
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
*Instead of added fat, you can process the nuts and sugar in the food processor until a paste forms. Pat the dough into the pie plate.
Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.

For a coconut crust:
2 Cups finely flaked coconut
4 Tb butter
Combine. Pat into pie plate.
Bake at 325 for 15 to 20 minutes or until a light golden brown.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/17/2010 6:31 PM EST
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oooooohhhhh -- those crusts sound so good.  I think I'm being persuaded to make a cheese cake!!

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/17/2010 6:54 PM EST
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Sounds good to me too Nancy just made rice pudding. Taste good.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/18/2010 3:11 PM EST
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Thank you so much for those recipes either one will be great.
There is something about the combination of the pumpkin cheesecake filling in the nut crust that really changes the taste. Sometimes I put chopped walnuts in a pumpkin pie and that is really good too. Glad I joined this yesterday and got replies to my posts so quickly.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/18/2010 4:12 PM EST
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I use a lot of ground nuts in cookies and candy.  Never thought to make them into a crust. Sounds great!   Thank you for posting the recipes.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/19/2010 3:21 PM EST
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For the pumpkin cheesecake try using ginger snaps or adding some crystallized ginger to the nut mixture for the crust.  I think it would give it a nice little "something special" to the flavor.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/19/2010 4:23 PM EST
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nikki -- I see so many recipes that call for crystalized giner.  Where on earth can I get some?  I've never seen it in my life.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/20/2010 2:40 PM EST
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There is a local bakery that makes cheesecakes to die for.They only take orders and don't have a store front.They make about thirty different kinds of cheesecakes.All of there crusts are made from sliced almonds.I haven't had one that I didn't love.Nut crusts are also great for someone cutting carbs.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/20/2010 7:55 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Nut crusts:
For the pumpkin cheesecake try using ginger snaps or adding some crystallized ginger to the nut mixture for the crust.  I think it would give it a nice little "something special" to the flavor.
Posted by nikki p


nikki p...

You are right, my elderly friend who is like a Mom to me, makes wonderful cheesecakes and last Thanksgiving she made a Pumpkin cheesecake and didn't have enought nilla wafers for the cookie crust so she added ginger snaps and boy did that add "something special to the cheesecake!

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/20/2010 7:58 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Nut crusts:
I have a wonderful cookbook "From Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds to Basic Apple It's AS EASY AS PIE" by Susan G. Purdy and here is a recipe from the book. Nut: (Almond, Hazelnut, Brazil Nut, Walnut, Pecan, Peanut or a blend of them. 1 3/4 to 2 Cups ground nuts made from 1 pound shelled whole nuts. 1/4 Cup granulated sugar *Instead of added fat, you can process the nuts and sugar in the food processor until a paste forms. Pat the dough into the pie plate. Bake at 375 for 8 minutes. For a coconut crust: 2 Cups finely flaked coconut 4 Tb butter Combine. Pat into pie plate. Bake at 325 for 15 to 20 minutes or until a light golden brown.
Posted by nikki p


nikki p...

Boy,  a Coconut crust sounds good...never thought of that!  Thanks for sharing with us!

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/21/2010 9:34 PM EST
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I have found the best place to get crystallized ginger is in a store that sells a lot of "ethnic" foods.  Try by the deli area where some of the bulk dried spices, fruits and some candies are.  Last place and most expensive place would be the spice aisle.  The small little jars cost an arm and a leg.  If you have a bulk food store that sells nuts, beans, flour they may carry it as well.  The store by me that sells items like that the crystallized ginger is almost $9.00 a pound but I just got some at the grocery store by the deli area for $3.79 a pound.
You can make it your self rather easily.  Slice the ginger about 1/4 inch thick and place in a pan with sugar and water and boil.  I think there is a recipe for it on the Food Network that Alton Brown did for one of his shows.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/21/2010 9:35 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Nut crusts : nikki p... Boy,  a Coconut crust sounds good...never thought of that!  Thanks for sharing with us!
Posted by Susan K


I like the coconut crust when I make a Key lime pie.  It tastes great!

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 6:24 AM EST
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:-) nikki - I just wrote/asked about that crystallized ginger in another message.  I sure want that stuff and I can't find it.
Fresh ginger is easily available .....I sure don't want to try to crystalize it myself but maybe I'll have to.  How long do I boil that stuff - when will it crystallize?

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 7:14 AM EST
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WOW!!  I just made my first visit to King Arthur Flour and they have crystallized ginger!  I ordered some.  I think it's more than I will use in a life time but ....... well, I want to try it.

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 7:26 AM EST
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  I was at my sisters inlaw house and she made this pumpkin cheese cake with out a crust and it was great .

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 10:18 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Nut crusts:
WOW!!  I just made my first visit to King Arthur Flour and they have crystallized ginger!  I ordered some.  I think it's more than I will use in a life time but ....... well, I want to try it.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,  You HAVE to look at the King Arthur web site in the recipe section and look for the Sticky Ginger Squares.  These are the most amazing things, I have kids, 4 and 5 years old clamoring for them. And I hate to say it I almost don't want to give them to them cuz I wanna keep them all to myself!

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 10:53 AM EST
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These crust recipes sound really good. I'm going to give them a try now that I am cooking gluten free these will come in handy.
Thanks! 

Re: Nut crusts

posted at 11/22/2010 12:10 PM EST
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nikki - I went there to get the Sticky Ginger recipe but decided it was pointless for me unless I could find the crystalliazed stuff.  I printed that recipe - thank you - as soon as I ordered the ginger.  I'll get it soon and be able to try that recipe.  I  can't wait!
Many thanks.
Isn't it just incredible how we get such HELP on this board?  I've learned more and tried more new things in the past two months than I have in many years.
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