Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Company Cheesecake

Company Cheesecake

 New York style cheesecake made from scratch.
Great with a variety of toppings or plain. I made this one with strawberries for Crystal's birthday.
Not the easiest dessert you'll ever make, but it is yummy! Not one morsel left over afterwards.  Serves 12


1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp melted butter

2 8 oz packs plus one 3 oz pack. cream cheese softened
1 cup sugar
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1/4 cup sour cream


 Heat oven to 350 *
Mix cracker crumbs, 2 tbsp sugar, and melted butter. Press in bottom of 9" spring form pan
Bake 10 min. Cool

Heat oven to 300*
In large bowl or food processor beat cream cheese and sour cream.
Add 1 C. sugar gradually until fluffy. Add lemon zest and vanilla.
Beat in 1 egg at a time. Pour over crumb mixture.

Bake until center is firm. Approx. 1 hr.
Cool to room temp.
Refrigerate at least 3 hrs and no longer than 10 days.
Loosen edge of cheesecake with knife before removing pan.

To top with strawberry glaze.

Use sliced fresh ripe or frozen, partially thawed whole strawberries and arrange on top.

Strawberry Glaze:

1 bag or quart whole strawberries
2/3 cup strawberry jam
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp Grand Marnier liqueur
1 tsp grated orange zest

Melt strawberry jam in sauce pan on low-med. heat
add in lemon juice, Grand Marnier, and orange zest

Stir until smooth and melted
Spoon over top of cheesecake topped with berries
Just before serving

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