October 10, 2005
The Cheesecake

I found this recipe a while back and it is the best cheesecake I've ever tasted. I wish I could remember where I found the recipe so I could properly give credit where credit is due, but unfortunately that part didn't make the print-out.

Considering I actually don't care for cheesecake, it says a lot for this one where I would happily eat the entire thing if I could.


Graham-Cracker Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup of melted butter
1/3 cup of sugar
3/4 tsp. salt

Stir together crust ingredients and press into 10" springform pan.

5 packages of cream cheese
2 cups of sugar
3 tbsp. flour
5 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to high (500F).

Beat cream cheese, sugar, flour with mixer until smooth. Add eggs and yolks one at a time, followed by vanilla. Beat on low until smooth and spatula down bowl between additions.

Pour over crust in springform pan. If it's full, make sure you put a pan underneath to catch drips. Fire is not fun.

Put in oven but WATCH carefully. Cook on high for 10-ish minutes until it puffs up a little bit and slightly browns. Once this happens, turn down oven temperature to 200F.

Cook at lower temp for approximately 1 hr 45 min. It will still be a little wobbly in the middle but mostly solid.

Once done, remove from oven and run a knife around the top edge to loosen. Let it sit until it cools. It should be chilled for a few hours before eating but I never have and it comes out fine.

For sauces, caramel and chocolate sauce (normally for ice cream) works well. So do fresh blueberries cooked with a little sugar and lemon juice.

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