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No-Frills Cheesecake

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  • Cheesecake Crust

    • 3 tablespoon butter; unsalted, softened
    • 3 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 egg yolks
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • Filling

    • 32 oz cream cheese
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon juice, lemon
    • 4 eggs
    • 9" springform pan jelly-roll pan; or roasting pan


Cheesecake Crust:

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the yolk until smooth. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and gently fold into the butter mixture with a rubber spatula. Mixture will be crumbly.


With Almonds:

Add 1/2 cup finely chopped sliced or slivered almonds to the dry ingredients of Cheesecake Crust.

With Pecans:

Add 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans to dry ingredients of Cheesecake Crust.

Set a rack at the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter only the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and line it with a round of parchment. Place the dough in the pan and pat it down evenly and firmly to cover the bottom. Bake for about 25 minutes, until dough is golden and baked through. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

All of the following should be done on your mixer's lowest speed. To make the filling, beat cream cheese smooth, no more than 30 seconds. Stop mixer and scrape bowl and beater. Add sugar in a stream, mixing for no more than 30 seconds. Stop and scrape.

Add vanilla, lemon juice and 1 egg; mix only until absorbed, no more than 30 seconds. Stop and scrape. Add remaining eggs, one at a time, mixing only until each is absorbed. Stop and scrape after each addition.

Wrap aluminum foil around the bottom of the spring form pan so it comes at least one inch up the sides. Pour the filling into the pan over the crust. Place the pan in a jelly roll or roasting pan and pour warm water into pan to a depth of 1/2-inch. Bake the cheesecake for about 60 minutes, or until lightly colored and firm except for the very center. Remove from pan of hot water. Remove foil and cool completely on a rack. Wrap cheesecake and chill overnight before unmolding.

Serving Size: Makes 1 9" Cake

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