Basic Philly Cheesecake

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

Basic cheesecake; no lemon, no sour cream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  2. Combine crumbs, sugar and melted margarine and press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and raise oven temperature to 450F degrees.
  4. To make filling, combine softened cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beating at medium speed until well mixed.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition; blend in vanilla then pour into crust.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes at 450F, then reduce heat to 250F and for 25-30 minutes more, or until set.
  7. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan.
  8. Chill; top individual slices with desired topping, if any, just before serving.


Most Helpful

This is a great recipe. I've used one that was slightly smaller but still very similar. I am by no means an accomplished chef and need some more practice on my crusts, as they never seem to stick together as well as I'd like. Also, I've seen some peoples' reviews wishing the filling was a bit fluffier. Here's a quick tip for that with the same recipe: separate the egg yolks and whites. Mix the yolks in when the filling calls for eggs; keep the whites separate til the end, beat the egg whites until stiff, and then fold the egg whites into the rest of the batter. Same great taste, and the custard will come out nice and fluffy.

jsmith006 March 23, 2009

We took this to a pre-Xmas dinner with family & it was a hit all-round. I've made it a few times, but when i do i scale down the filling to: 2 packs of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar & 2 eggs. And I have a tip: To prevent the top cracking, leave the cake in the oven to cool with the door slightly open. Thanks for sharing, Lennie. :)

Rhiannon and Matt December 17, 2007

this is my first baked cheesecake and it turned out AWESOME! i originally had some doubts, as all the other recipes i looked at involved flour and this one didnt. however, the result was a silky smooth texture and a moist center. PERFECTION! thanks for sharing this recipe :)

lucialau January 17, 2013

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