Creamy Cheesecake


1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pint sour cream


Position 1 rack in center of oven and second rack in lowest third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Mix cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter in small bowl until well blended. Press mixture onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides.

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in large bowl until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just to blend after each addition. Mix in vanilla. Fold in sour cream thoroughly. Pour batter into prepared pan. Set cheesecake pan on center rack. Fill small pan with water and place on bottom rack.

Bake cheesecake 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand in warm oven 1 hour; do not open oven door. Transfer to rack and cool. Cover and chill until cold. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.)

Notes: Serves 8 to 10.

Easy and delicious, my new standard recipe! I found that I needed to bake it for 40-45 minutes, should be soft still, but should also have risen some.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Uploaded by: Kelly Fowler
Added on: 2007-03-23 19:31:28