Tested till perfect Classic Cheesecake
Classic Cheesecake
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Classic Cheesecake

It's easy to whip together Canadian Living's favourite cheesecake recipe. But be warned - this cheesecake recipe is addictive!

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Recipe3 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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  • Portion size 10 to 12


  • 2 pkg (each 8 oz/250 g) 2pkg (each 8 oz/250 g)cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupgranulated sugar
  • 3 3eggeggs
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplemon juice
  • 2 tsp 2tspvanilla
  • 1 Pinch 1Pinchsalt
  • 3 cups 3cupssour cream


  • 1 cup 1cupgraham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupgranulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbutter, melted


  • strawberry sauce
  • fresh mint sprigs
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1. Crust: In bowl, stir together crumbs, sugar and butter until well moistened; press onto bottom of lightly greased 8- or 8-1/2-inch (2 or 2.25 L) springform pan. Centre pan on large square of foil; press up to side of pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Let cool.

Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese until softened. Gradually beat in sugar; beat for 3 minutes or until smooth and light, scraping down bowl twice. Using low speed, beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down bowl often. Blend in lemon juice, vanilla and salt, then sour cream. Pour over crust.

Set springform pan in larger pan; pour enough hot water into larger pan to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up side of springform pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 1-1/4 hours or until shine disappears and edge is set yet centre still jiggles slightly. Turn off oven. Quickly run knife around edge of cake. Let cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove from water and transfer to rack; remove foil and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Serve with sauce and garnish with mint.

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Nutritional Information Per each of 12 servings without sauce: about

cal 372 pro 7g total fat 27g sat. fat 16g
carb 27g fibre 0 chol 127mg sodium 238mg
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