Classic Cheesecake

Classic Cheesecake 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Classic Cheesecake 150

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

  • Portion size 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg (each 8 oz/250 g) cream cheese
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 cups sour cream
Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
Garnish:
  • strawberry sauce
  • mint sprigs

Method

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.

2.
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.

3.
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 facts Per each of 12 servings without sauce: about

  • Sodium 238 mg
  • Protein 7 g
  • Calories 372.0
  • Total fat 27 g
  • Cholesterol 127 mg
  • Saturated fat 16 g
  • Total carbohydrate 27 g

%RDI

  • Iron 0.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 0.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 0.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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