Bring the flavor of the islands to your dessert course. An easy fruit topping livens up a rich cheesecake. This is a dense New York-style cheesecake.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, chopped almonds, melted butter, and sugar. Press crumb mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan.
Bake crust at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Beat softened cream cheese at medium speed with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add sour cream, and beat just until blended. Pour mixture into prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool on wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake, and release sides of pan; spoon chilled Fruit Topping over top. Garnish, if desired.
Great for a summer birthday. Made fruit topping without the rum. It was fantastic!