Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake
José Picayo
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preparation
30
minutes
cooking
270
minutes
Serves 10

Ingredients

Cake:
18
graham crackers (2 sleeves)
1/2
cup
(1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4
teaspoon
kosher salt
1
cup
plus 4 tablespoons sugar
3
8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2
cups
sour cream, at room temperature
1 1/2
teaspoons
pure vanilla extract
3
large eggs, at room temperature
Cherry sauce:
1
10-ounce bag frozen cherries
1/2
cup
sugar
1/4
teaspoon
kosher salt
1
tablespoons
cornstarch
2
tablespoons
fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Make the cake: Heat oven to 325° F. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until fine crumbs form. Add the butter, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and pulse to combine. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the remaining sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and beat to combine. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until just set (the center will be slightly wobbly), 50 to 60 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over the hot cheesecake, then bake until set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool to room temperature in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before unmolding.
  4. Make the cherry sauce: In a large skillet, combine the cherries, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mixture begins to thicken, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Add to the cherries in the skillet and cook, stirring, until the mixture is thick and syrupy, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Let cool completely. Serve with the cheesecake.

 

Dawn Perry
May 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 636
  • Fat 43 g
  • Sat Fat 26 g
  • Cholesterol 192 mg
  • Sodium 387 mg
  • Protein 9 g
  • Carbohydrate 52 g
  • Sugar 47 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Iron 1 mg
  • Calcium 69 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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