Saturday, October 3, 2009

Time for Dessert

Here is a great cheesecake recipe! I made it this afternoon to take to a dinner at a friend's house. Unfortunately, mine cracked during the cooling process. I've made this recipe several times...sometimes it cracks and sometimes it doesn't. It still tastes great though! If you are wanting a beautiful cheesecake, here are some tips I read online:
  1. Grease the sides of the springform pan, along with the bottom - be sure to cover the entire pan
  2. Overbeating causes the cheesecake to crack. Beat cream cheese with sugar only until smooth. Proceed with a wooden spoon for the rest of the recipe.
  3. Follow baking & cooling instructions closely! Set a timer for 60 minutes and walk away - once your timer goes off, turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool for the full 5 to 6 hours. Once you close the oven door to start the baking, you shouldn't open it again for another 6 to 7 hours!

New York Cheesecake - 12 servings
  • 15 graham crackers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.
When serving, I put a slice cheesecake on the plate - then spoon strawberry dessert topping on either side of the cake. I top with a fresh strawberry, and have a bowl of strawberries at the table as well. Enjoy!!

1 comment:

  1. Such a delicious Cheesecake! I had some for breakfast this morning actually! I will be sad when it is all gone! : ) Thanks again for making it!