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    Classic American Cheesecake

    Classic American Cheesecake. Photo by Chef #1802901544

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    32 mins

    30 mins

    2 mins

    kiwidutch's Note:

    This recipe was adopted from a former member ( Mean Chef) who no longer frequents Zaar. Its a delicious recipe that I am delighted to have inherited.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
    2. 2
      Brush a 9-inch springform pan generously with melted butter.
    3. 3
      For crust: Melt butter, stir in cookie crumbs and sugar.
    4. 4
      press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon.
    5. 5
      Bake until lightly toasted- about 13-15 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove from oven and cool.
    7. 7
      For the cheesecake: In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on low speed until soft and smooth.
    8. 8
      Add sugar, vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and creamy- 3-4 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth and scraping down the sides after each addition.
    10. 10
      Stir in zest.
    11. 11
      Pour batter into springform pan and bake until done (center will be slightly jiggly)- 1-1 1/2 hours.
    12. 12
      Turn oven off and leave door slightly open for 1 hour.
    13. 13
      Transfer to refrigerator and chill overnight.
    14. 14
      Remove sides of springform and cake on pan base.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 15, 2004


      This was a great cheescake. I used my leftover sugar cookies from Christmas for the crust and added a teaspoon of cinnimon. This was my first ever cheesecake and I found it easy to put together and very tastey. I served it with a puree of strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream. Yummy. Danzy

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    • on November 12, 2008


      Wonderful, easy, delicious, perfect! I could go on and on. My DH said if I make cheesecake another way he will kill me. He's joking....I think! Great recipe, and thank you so much for sharing.

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    • on February 05, 2006


      Very easy cheesecake, My family wiped it out in one night. I also make some strawberry and blueberry topping.

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    Nutritional Facts for Classic American Cheesecake

    Serving Size: 1 (89 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 411.2
    Calories from Fat 298
    Total Fat 33.1 g
    Saturated Fat 20.3 g
    Cholesterol 167.2 mg
    Sodium 344.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 20.1 g
    Protein 7.8 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lemons, zest of

    cookie crumbs

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