Basic (Cream Cheese) Cheesecake

This is a basic (not overly sweet) cream cheese cheesecake recipe. "cooking time" includes the separate baking time for the crust.

Ready In:
1hr 33mins
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ingredients

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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"This is a basic (not overly sweet) cream cheese cheesecake recipe. "cooking time" includes the separate baking time for the crust."
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  1. R.Rowand
    this turned out wounderful and it realy helped me when i was in a bind and once again thanks so much Dee. the only thing i changed since i didn't have any was the heavy cream i used my coffee creamer lol but it worked out great so it must have been a blessing in disguise for my daughter to have lost my car keys that night
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  2. Dee514
    This is a basic (not overly sweet) cream cheese cheesecake recipe. "cooking time" includes the separate baking time for the crust.
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