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Classic Cheesecake



Ingredients:

Crust:

- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (170g)

- 2 Tablespoons sugar

- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (can substitute white)

- 7 Tablespoons butter melted

Cheesecake:

- 32 oz cream cheese (softened to room temperature)

- 1 cup white granulated sugar

- ⅔ cups sour cream

- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

- ⅛ teaspoon salt

- 4 large eggs room temperature, lightly beaten


Directions:


  • Preheat oven to 325 F (160C).

  • Prepare Graham Cracker crust first by combining graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and brown sugar, and stirring well. Add melted butter and use a fork to combine ingredients well.

  • Pour crumbs into a 9” Springform pan and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of your pan. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl add cream cheese and stir until smooth and creamy (don’t over-beat or you’ll incorporate too much air).

  • Add sugar and stir again until creamy.

  • Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and salt, and stir until well-combined. If using a stand mixer, make sure you pause periodically to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula so that all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

  • With mixer on low speed, gradually add lightly beaten eggs, one at a time, stirring just until each egg is just incorporated. Once all eggs have been added, use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl again and make sure all ingredients are well combined.

  • Pour cheesecake batter into prepared springform pan. To insure against leaks, place pan on a cookie sheet that’s been lined with foil.

  • Transfer to the center rack of your oven and bake on 325F (160C) for about 75 minutes. Edges will likely have slightly puffed and may have just begun to turn a light golden brown and the center should spring back to the touch but will still be Jello-jiggly. Don't over-bake or the texture will suffer, which means we all suffer.

  • Remove from oven and allow to cool on top of the oven for 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes has passed, use a knife to gently loosen the crust from the inside of the springform pan (this will help prevent cracks as your cheesecake cools and shrinks).

  • Allow cheesecake to cool another 1-2 hours or until near room temperature before transferring to refrigerator to let cool before serving

  • Enjoy!