This is the best cheesecake I've ever had. I know everybody says that about their mom's baking, but this time its absolutely true! :)
- 4 eggs, separated (extra large or jumbo)
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons self-rising flour (heaped spoons)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup light sour cream
- 24 ounces fat free cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1⁄2 packet vanilla instant pudding mix
- orange zest
- 8 ounces heavy cream (optional)
- 8 ounces milk (optional)
- 1⁄2 packet instant vanilla pudding (optional)
- berries or other seasonal fruit (optional)
- Preheat oven 325 degrees, butter a 9inch springform pan.
- whip egg whites with 3/4 cup sugar ntil very stiff.
- Put aside combine yolks, remaining sugar (1/2 cup), flour, vanilla, sour cream, cream cheese, and 1/2 of the instant pudding powder, and mix until smooth.
- I use the mixer for this.
- gently fold whipped whites into cheese mixture and add the orange peel.
- pour into prepared pan, and bake until top is almost golden but not quite, and the cake is quite firm.
- In my oven it takes about 40-50min.
- Remove from oven and let rest.
- Cool completely.
- I normally cool overnight before topping, best to keep in the fridge.
- to prepare topping-- whip milk+cream+remaining pudding powder until stiff.
- Pour over the cake and keep in the fridge.
- Before serving you could top with berries or other fruits sprinkled with powder sugar.
- It is best to serve this cake at room temperature and I normally take it out of the fridge at least an hour before serving.