Total Time
3hrs 35mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 2 hrs 50 mins

I love THIS cheesecake! I love cheesecake period!! This is especially good with the fresh fruit and jam...Everyone thinks I bought it at the bakery, it's so beautiful...good too! The credit is not mine; it came to me via a recipe card...hence the picture.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar.
  2. Add melted butter; stir to combine.
  3. Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch spring pan and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Filling: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer (med. speed) beat cream cheese for 2 minutes.
  5. Add sugar, gradually add flour and mix well.
  6. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  7. Add sour cream, lemon zest and vanilla.
  8. Pour into crust.
  9. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  10. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  11. Remove cake from oven and cool 15 minutes.
  12. Topping: Beat egg white with sugar until soft peaks appear.
  13. Fold in sour cream; spread on top of cake.
  14. Return cake to oven; bake until topping is set, (not brown) approx.
  15. 20 minutes.
  16. Turn off oven; with door open continue to let the cheesecake cook for another hour.
  17. Cool completely.
  18. Place preserves in microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds until thin and spreadable.
  19. Spoon preserves onto each 1/2 of the design (Ying/Yang) with the back of the spoon spread and fill each section.
  20. Arrange fruit ontop; chill and Serve!
Most Helpful

If you love all cheesecakes (as i do) you will agree with the title that this is in fact the ULTIMATE. It took a lot of time and was somewhat tedious, but was well worth the work. It will rise somewhat during baking, but dont panic (as i did), it will settle and be possibly the best cheesecake that you have ever had!!!!!!!! I wish that I could give it more than five stars.

Sheila in Saskatchewan January 04, 2003

I made this cheesecake for a party. Everyone loved it! Though during cooling a large crack formed; I topped it off with apricot and seedless blackberry preserves so the crack was not noticeable. I will make it again since it was delicious and not difficult to make.

annunziata August 29, 2003

This cheesecake was absolutely delicious! However during cooling a large crack (more like a crevice) formed. I will still make this again, only next time I'll use a water bath during baking.

ElaineM May 13, 2003