Difficulty: Medium - experience needed
2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 8 oz packages of Philadelphia cream cheese at room temperature
1 1/4 cup white sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Step one: Go out and purchase a copy of "The Cheesecake Bible"
Unwrap cream cheese and place in mixing bowl, cut up in thirds. Cover with a flour sack cloth. Set eggs out later and allow to raise to room temperature. Check with infrared thermometer.
While you wait for "room temp"...
Grind 2 sleeves of graham crackers to get 1 1/2 cups of crumbs.
Mix the crust ingredients and press into a 9" ungreased Cheesecake Pan.
Bible recommends freezing.
* Preheat oven to 350 deg f.
Once you are satisfied your eggs and cheese are up to temp beat cream cheese and sugar on medium high for 3 minutes until very smooth. Add one egg at a time beating 2 minutes well until smooth for each. Add vanilla, mix.
Pour filing over crust, make smooth. Bake in 350 deg oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it.
Set timer for 50 to start. First attempt took an extra 15-20 minutes.
Remove from oven and prepare topping. Mix in a small bowl spread on top of cheesecake.
Cake should have a depression to hold it.
Bake for 5 more minutes. Cool on rack for 2 hours place in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
Decorate with fruit or favorite jelly.