Traditional Cheesecake

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 12 servings

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Ingredients

•1 cup graham cracker crumbs
•1 tablespoon sugar
•3 tablespoons cold butter

FILLING:
•4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
•1-1/4 cups sugar
•1 tablespoon lemon juice
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•3 eggs, lightly beaten
•Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping, optional

Method

•In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Grease the sides only of a 9-in. springform pan; press crumb mixture onto bottom of pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
• In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour filling onto crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
• Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
• Refrigerate overnight. Serve with Raspberry Sauce and Sour Cream Topping if desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

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