Original New York Cheesecake

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Why I Love This Recipe

I love cheesecake and make many different varieties, but this is my basic go to recipe. There are many variations around but this is the one I like best.

Ingredients You'll Need

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
5 (8ounce) packages cream cheese, softened must be Philadelphia if you can
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs


Bring all ingredients to room temperature (this helps to prevent cracking).

MIX crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and butter;.

press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. (using a hamburger press handle works great for this!).

Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes.

MIX cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Blend in sour cream. mix well

Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition, just until blended. Do not over mix!

Pour over crust.

Run a knife through to remove any air bubbles.

BAKE 1 hour and 5 minutes to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until center is almost set. 325 °F for a silver springform pan 300 °F if using a dark nonstick pan

Crack oven door open slightly and allow cheesecake to temper for about 30 minutes.

Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake;.

Remove rim of pan.

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. (This is a must!).

Top with cherry pie filling and garnish, if desired.

Variation, 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam can be dropped in spoonfuls over the batter and cut through the batter several times for marble effect before baking.

Variation #2 Cook above recipe and add 10 minutes before bake time ends. Mix 1 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla together and carefully spread over cheesecake and bake 10 minutes longer. When serving, top with mixed berries!

Variation #3 Before serving, melt caramels in the microwave until smooth, stir in chopped pecans in desired and spoon on top of each slice.

Variation #4 Before serving, Crush us peanut butter cups press lightly into top of cheescake and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Variation #5 Before serving, Cut cheesecake into cubes if desired, and drizzle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate for chocolate to harden

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