Wait, what? We were all supposed to start dieting today? Oh, sorry I'm not sorry....
Soooo cheesecakes aren't that hard to make. Don't take a lot of time, aren't real complicated and are perfect thing to bake when wanting to put to use the nifty springform pan with the carrying case that you got for a wedding gift.
This is a disaster.
Why? One (I) shouldn't be able to simply say "Geeze! It's a beautiful day! Let's go buy massive amounts of cream cheese and whip up a cheesecake!"
No. It should be more complicated. Because this...this is dangerous:
I made this here cheese cake for Christmas Eve dinner last year (HA! Just a week ago, silly) and it was quite the hit.
Also got a chance to use my pretty gold cake plate which is always a plus.
Not everyone was fired up about this cheesecake. Baby Girl A loudly proclaimed "I don't want any" but then, oh then, we caught her getting a closer look after dragging a chair up to the buffet.
BUSTED! Precious angel.
Obviously, you can change up the topping to meet whatever needs you are having. Win made this cheesecake the first time I ever had it and she used toffee bits. It was knee slapping good. I chose a cherry topping simply for it's festive red hue...
Have fun with this cheesecake! And with this Wednesday!
New York Style Cheesecake
from Prime Meridian
1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup chopped nuts
3 tbl butter, melted
4 packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tbl fresh lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs, room temperature
2 cups sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
To make the crust, combine ingredients well and press into a spring form pan.
For filling, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and eggs. Pour on top of crust. Bake 40 - 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. While it's cooling mix together the sour cream, sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Spread on top of the cheesecake and bake for 10 more minutes.
Top with topping of your choice!
from Smitten Kitchen
10 oz cherries (frozen is cool)
2 tbl lemon juice
1 tbl cornstarch
1/2 cup water
Place all ingredients together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, cook for an additional one or two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
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