July 08, 2013

let's eat~ best-ever cheesecake

 
Every year for Mike's birthday I make him a cheesecake.  It's his favorite thing, and he claims that this is my famous recipe, even though I just got it out of a book (what a sweetie).  It's so good that I thought I'd share the recipe with you so you can make some for you and your friends; that or you can just eat the whole thing yourself (yep , it's that good, haha!).  It's really great for breakfast, lunch, okay dinner and snacks too.  Oh, and dessert, ha.
 
 
from Better Homes and Gardens "Our Best Recipes" book
Best Ever Cheesecake
 
1 3/4 cups finely crushed gingersnaps or graham crackers (I usually use graham crackers)
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (meh, I omit these)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup milk
topping optional (fruit, chocolate, etc.)
 
1.  Preheat oven to 375*F.  For the crust, in a medium bowl, combine crushed gingersnaps or graham crackers, walnuts, and cinnamon.  Stir in melted butter.  If desired, set aside 1/4 cup of the crumb mixture for topping (I don't).  Press the remaining crumb mixture onto bottom and 2 inches up side of an 8 or 9 inch springform pan.  Set aside.
 
2.  For filling, in a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.  Add eggs and egg yolk, beating on low speed just until combined.  Stir in milk.
 
3.  Pour filling into crust-lined pan.  If desired, sprinkle with reserved crumbs.  Place on a shallow baking pan in oven.  Bake for 40-45 minutes for the 8-inch pan, about 35 minutes for the 9-inch pan, or until a 2 1/2 inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently shaken.
 
4.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.  Loosen the crust from side of pan; cool 30 minutes more.  Remove side of the pan.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Cover; chill for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.  If desired, top with favorite topping.
 
In these pics, we used a raspberry topping that Mike whipped up.  So yummy!


2 comments:

  1. Cheesecake is my favourite. Seriously nothing beats homemade cheesecake. That looks awesome.

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    1. Thanks. :) it's true, store-bought just can't beat the real thing.

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