Easy Cheesy Cheesecake

A Little Background:

I know how corny my title sounds, but I was trying to capture the true essence of this Cheesecake and what I love most about it.  It is the "ease" of creating and the amazing "cheese" taste that make this recipe a keeper. Because my goal is to inspire the young to roll up their sleeves and be fearless in the kitchen, this is the perfect - foolproof recipe.  You just can't do it wrong.

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What You Will Need:                      Oven: 375 F            1 hour prep & bake time

Filling:

  • 3 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese - Leave out on counter till it is room temp.
  • 3 large whole eggs (organic is always best)
  • 1 cup of white sugar (I cut the sugar in half for our family)
  • 1 tsp. of Pure Vanilla ( see my blog for making homemade vanilla)

Crust:

  • 2 packages of graham crackers
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of butter (Finlandia or Kerry Gold)
  • 1/8 cup white sugar
  • 1 large spring form pan or 2 small size as shown below

How To Make It:

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With your stand-up or hand-held mixer, blend your 3 whole eggs with the sugar till well mixed.  Then add your 3 packages of softened cream cheese and 1 tsp. of vanilla.  Blend for 1 minute, or until well blended.  Set aside.

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You can create the crust by using a food processor like a Cuisinart. Add 2 packages of graham crackers, 1/8 cup white sugar and 3 Tablespoons of softened butter. Process till fine  - like in the above photo.  No Cuisinart or food processor - no problem -  just crush your crackers in a large plastic bag or in a large bowl.  Once completely crushed, add the sugar and the softened butter.  Add mixture to your spring form pan. It will take a little elbow grease, but it can be done.

Add crust mixture to your spring form pan and press into the sides and cover the bottom.  Pour filling into pan and smooth as you push it up to sides.

Cooking time varies based on your oven and size of pans, but basically you will need at least 40 minutes. Bake at 375 F and set your timer for 40 minutes.  Usually you will see the top begin to crack and turn golden brown once you are getting close.  Check for doneness by sticking a toothpick into the center  When done, the toothpick should come out clean. 

Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 1-2 hours.  Once cool, remove from pan and decorate with fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries.  Mint leaves also look lovely.  Refrigerate promptly.

 

Important Note:  Desserts made from milk, cheese and eggs should be refrigerated as soon as cooled.  Bacteria can begin to grow after 2 hours.