Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
What a delicious way to end a meal! There's nothing better than a great piece of New York Cheesecake!
- 2 cups finely crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 1⁄2 cup butter or 1⁄2 cup margarine, melted
- 5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1⁄3 cup whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon, rind of
- For crust, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
- Stir until well combined.
- Press onto bottom and about 2-1/2 inches up the sides of a 9x3-inch springform pan.
- Mix cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla.
- Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Add eggs and egg yolks, beating on low speed just until combined.
- Stir in whipping cream and lemon peel.
- Pour into pan.
- Place pan in a shallow baking pan in the oven. (Does not mention anything about a water bath)
- Bake in a 325 degree F oven about 1-1/2 hours or until center appears nearly set when shaken.
- Cool 15 minutes.
- Loosen crust from sides of pan.
- Cool 30 minutes more; remove sides of pan.
- Cool completely.
- Chill 4 to 24 hours.
- If desired, garnish with fresh berries.
WOW.. this was my very first time making a cheesecake. Hubby wanted cheesecake for his b-day so I went in search and found this recipe. I must say that I've been intimidated with the thoughts of making a cheesecake in regards to whether or not to use a water bath & how long to cook it, but after some research I found that the reason why this recipe does not call for a water bath is because of the flour. Cheesecakes with cornstarch or flour added to the batter do not crack as easily from overbaking. The starch molecules will actually get in between the egg proteins preventing them from over-coagulating. No over-coagulating, no cracks!! So I did as the recipe stated & only put it in a pan therefore no cracks. The only things I did differently was to not add the lemon because I had none & after it was done baking I left it in the oven to cool. PERFECTION!!
DH wanted cheesecake for his birthday so I found this recipe. I have never made real cheesecake before but this turned out great! Based on previous reviews I did use a water bath. Did not have a lemon, so I used 1 T lemon juice. Added 1/2c.sugar to 3 cups graham cracker crumbs for the crust. Served with blueberry pie filling. My only "complaint" is that it was so rich that I had to freeze half of it so we didn't eat it all at once. I sliced it and froze the slices wrapped in plastic wrap to be defrosted individually.
I found the perfect cheesecake with this one and need to look no further! I can't believe I actually made a cheesecake of this quality. It's at least as good as any professionally-produced cakes I've ever had. Five stars is not enough. I used three cups of graham cracker crumbs but thought the crust was too thick so I'll use two cups next time. Also used the water bath and it baked nearly 2 hrs. I let it cool off by taking it out of the water bath and leaving the oven door ajar. No cracking--lightly browned on top and simply perfection! Thanks Bev.