This time last year, I made this very same New York Style Cheesecake for my daughters’ 6th birthday. Everyone LoVeD it and the whole thing was pretty much gobbled up, except for two pieces that I had as my lunch the next day. But after I pulled this beautifully rustic looking cheesecake out from the oven, I instantly felt guilt and regret for not taking the step-by-steps to post on SS. So I promised myself that the next time I made this dessert I’d be sure to photograph the process.
Well,*sniff* my baby turned seven last Thursday, and over the weekend we threw her a family party. And again, like last year, she requested the same cheesecake (that’s my girl!). She didn’t have to ask me twice.
Making cheesecake really doesn’t have to be hard work, you know.
The reason why I love this cheesecake recipe in particular is because you don’t have to bother wrapping the bottom of the pan in foil and placing it in a water-bath, and freak out the entire time it’s baking, praying water didn’t leak into the cake. Instead you just pop it in a 350° oven and it comes out looking rustic, cracked and glorious… as a cheesecake should, in my opinion.
As for the party… it went off without a hitch. Minus the part where my coffee pot over flowed onto the ground and then there was the part when my dog was sprayed by a skunk in the middle of my daughter’s party, but even so, I think my family had a pretty darn good, albeit slightly smelly time. :/
To Make This New York Style Cheesecake You Will Need:
- graham crackers
- unsalted butter (melted)
- softened cream cheese
- granulated sugar
- whole milk
- sour cream
- pure vanilla extract
- all-purpose flour
Heavily butter a 9-inch spring form pan.
Open a package of graham crackers, all you need is 7 or 8 full crackers.
Place them in a food processor and blitz away. This is why I love having a mini-processor. No sense dragging out the “monster” when I have this tiny thing. You could of course place the crackers in a zip-lock baggie and bash them with a rolling pin. Whichever method floats your boat will be fine.
Afterwards they should look like graham. cracker. crumbs? Sorry, I can’t think of a better analogy.
Add in 3 tablespoons melted butter.
Stir until the crumbs are moist but not soaked. If they seem on the dry side, just add more butter.
Pour them into your prepared pan.
And stamp them out with the bottom of a glass or measuring cup.
Build up the sides and press those against the pan as well. Set aside and move on to the cheesecake filling.
Dump in the 4, yes FOUR packages of cream cheese.
Add in 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar.
While the mixer is running on low add in 3/4 cup of whole milk. Blend on low for a few.
And don’t EVEN bother trying to make this cheesecake “light” because I’m not sure it’s even possible.
Add in 4 eggs, one at a time.
Mix well after each egg.
Add in 1 cup of sour cream…
Measure and add in 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract.
Sift in 1/4 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour, blend until completely combined.
Scrape down the sides one last time.
And pour the filling into the graham cracker crust.
Smooth it out and lick the spatula. Seriously, it’s part of the recipe. Do it.
Now just place the cheesecake in a preheated 350° oven and bake for one hour. When the time is up, turn off the oven and let it sit in there, with the door closed, for 5-6 hours (or what feels like eternity!). It needs time to deflate and slowly cool. After the five hours are up, remove and just place it in the fridge until completely cooled and ready to eat!
I’m serious when I tell you this is the BEST cheesecake evah!
It’s not just another pretty cheesecake…
It’s a phenomenal tasting, thigh clinging, solve-all-your-problems-with-just-one-bite kind of cheesecake! Just imagine what will happen if you have two pieces like I did! Oh MAN!
So whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or just because you need some extra calories in your life… make this A.S.A.P! You’ll get high-fives and compliments that will make you feel like a total rock star!
So, do I even need to say that my daughter loved her New York Style Cheesecake or can you tell by the picture? Actually, you know what this picture is saying? It’s saying: “You could totally wait for a fork but why bother? That’s what hands are for.”
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