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Classic Cheesecake

No recipe image available.Classic, New York-style cheesecake with a zwieback cracker crumb crust.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1/2 cup finely crushed zwieback crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Filling:
2 (8-ounce) packages plus 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1 cup light cream or half-and-half
4 large egg whites

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: In mixing bowl, combine zwieback crumbs, melted butter, and 2 tablespoons sugar; mix well. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. For Filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy; beat in vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and salt; gradually beat into cream cheese mixture. Add egg yolks; beat well. Add light cream or half-and-half and beat until well-combined.
  4. Wash beaters.
  5. In clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into cream cheese mixture.
  6. Pour mixture over the crumb layer in springform pan.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) for 50 to 55 minutes or until done.
  8. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes; loosen sides of cheesecake with spatula. Cool 30 minutes more; remove sides of pan. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Store, covered, in refrigerator.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.