Baked Cheesecake with Almonds

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Here's a delicious cheesecake our family loves. Serve as is, or top with canned fruit filling of your choice. 

Crust:
1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

Filling:
3-8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
6 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture to line the bottom of a lightly greased springform pan to create the crust. 

In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Stir in vanilla and lemon juice. Pour over crust. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until center is almost set. Turn off oven and allow cheesecake to set for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle top with slivered almonds. Cool for one hour then chill before serving. Serves 8-10.
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