Saturday, November 14, 2009

New York Cheesecake

When I was first married, I was obsessed with finding the perfect cheesecake recipe. Well, my friends, I do believe I have found it! Sometimes to change it up a bit, I will mix part of the batter with melted chocolate and either layer it or swirl it in! But oh, it's so delicious! ENJOY!

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup sour cream
Garnish: cherry pie filling or chopped strawberries

Stir together first 3 ingredients. Press crumb mixture onto bottom on 1 ½ inches up sides of a lightly greased 7 inch springform pan. Bake crust at 350 for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add ½ cup sugar, flour, and vanilla, beating until blended. Add egg, beating until blended after each addition. Add sour cream and beat just until blended. Pour mixture into prepared crust.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours. Gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to release sides of pan; garnish, if desired.

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