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Poppy Cream Cheesecake
12 servings

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

2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
1 can Solo or 1 jar Baker Poppy filling, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 cup raisins
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons dark rum

Beat butter, egg yolk 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 350F.

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.

To serve, run tip of sharp knife around inside edge of pan. Remove
side of pan and place cake on serving dish. Spread poppy cream
topping over cheesecake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Help with ingredients please, November 20, 2004 - 05:53 AM
Reviewer: Dr Elizabeth McFarlane from Beckenham UK
Please enlighten me - what is 1 can of Solo? or 1 jar Baker Poppy filling? is this poppy seeds? Please forgive a naive British women. I want to make the perfect cheesecake (with raisins) reminiscent of an excellent Polish cheesecake that used to be sold next to Wimbledon Station in the 1950s and 1960s and of that made by my sister's Russian Jewish Mother-in-law Rene Abel. Is this a contradiction in terms?

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