New York Cheesecake by Tyler Florence

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by Pepina Rae

This is the ULTIMATE New York Cheesecake. This one is just heavenly!

Top Review by Papa D 1946-2012

Wonderful cheesecake, rich and creamy flavor. I did use cherry pie filling for the topping as my supermarket didn't have any fresh cherries. *Made for the Jan. 2010 Food Network Challenge: Hail to the Chef's in the Photo Forum event*

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. CRUST: Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, and butter together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture into a 9" non-stick teflon springform pan and using a mixing cup press the crumbs into the base. Using your fingers gently press crumbs into the sides of the pan.
  4. Bake for 6 minutes. Let cool.
  5. FILLING: In a food processor, cream the cream cheese and the sugar together.
  6. Add the zest and vanilla. Blend until smooth.
  7. Add 5 egg yolks and heavy cream, pulse until smooth and pour into a large clean bowl.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until a soft froth forms. Add 2 tablespoons sugar slowly to the egg whites and continue to whisk until soft peaks form.
  9. Fold into cream cheese, a little bit at a time until fully integrated. Then pour into the prepared springform pan.
  10. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until firm.
  11. Let cool for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  12. TOPPING: Mix the creme fraiche and sugar together and gently spread over the top of the cooled cheesecake.
  13. Bake for 5 minutes.
  14. Let cool until the topping is set or chill overnight. Best served at room temperature.
  15. DIRECTIONS FOR CHERRY CONFIT TOPPING: In a medium non-corrosive saucepan place water, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and thyme. Bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  16. Add cherries and simmer for 1 hour. If more liquid is needed add water. Continue to simmer until the cherry mixture is thick and the cherries are soft. Pour into a clean container and refrigerate until ready to use.

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