The original version of this recipe came from Taste of Home, though I have modified it slightly. I chose it originally because no water bath was required. This was the first cheesecake I ever made and it's the one I make most. Friends and family request if often and I've even been known to pack along my springform pan on trips to family functions so I can make it away from home. The top will crack, but much of it will seal during cooling. The topping will cover it all, so the cracks don't really matter at all!
Two things to note- #1 This is a big cheescake! You'll need a 10" springform. #2 Because the egg whites are whipped and then folded in, this cheescake is more "italian-style" with a wonderful, light, creamy texture, not dense and heavy like the NY version. Enjoy!