Basic (Cream Cheese) Cheesecake

Recipe by Dee514
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READY IN: 1hr 33mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Crust:
  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla.
  • Gradually add flour and lemon zest, and mix until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.
  • Grease the bottom only of a 9-inch springform pan.
  • Pat dough evenly over the entire bottom of pan.
  • Bake bottom crust at 350°F for 5 minutes.
  • Cool completely before greasing sides of pan.
  • Filling:
  • Note: All ingredients MUST be at room temperature!
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together on lowest speed until well blended, scrape sides of bowl.
  • Add flour and salt, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each.
  • Scrape bowl, then add 2 egg yolks.
  • Add vanilla, lemon zest and heavy cream, stir to mix well.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in a preheated 500°F oven for 8 minutes.
  • Turn oven temperature down to 350°F and continue baking for one hour.
  • Remove from oven and cool cake completely before removing the sides of pan.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 4 hours).
  • Note: I have never used a water bath with this recipe and have never had the cheesecake crack. Overbeating the filling and overbaking the cake is what will cause cracks.
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