Saturday, September 02, 2006

Great new cheesecake recipe

I just tried this cheesecake recipe from Heart of the Home cookbook (by Susan Branch). I wanted to try something new as a treat for the guys and they both love cheesecake. I liked this one because it can be made in a regular 9" pie pan.

In the recipe, she makes her own graham cracker crust but I kinda' cheated and used a storebought graham cracker crust. I was busy... Also, it calls for lemon juice and I didn't have any right then so I used the key lime juice I had in the frig. My husband loved it but then again...that's why I have key lime juice in the frig (to make key lime pies, his favorite). He thought this tasted even better than the key lime pie! This is not a last minute dessert, it really does need to be in the refrigerator at least a few hours before serving.

Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Crust
2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
3/4 C. melted butter
Combine and press into a buttered 9 inch pie plate, building up the sides.
(I used store bought graham cracker crust and it tasted just fine Next time I would use the storebought graham cracker crust that is bigger, the one that says it gives you two extra pieces.)

Filling

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened, room temp
1/2 C. sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (as mentioned above, I used key lime juice)
dash salt
2 eggs
Beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually blend in sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and salt. Add eggs one at a time, beat after each.

Pour filling into crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until set.

Topping
1 1/2 C. sour cream
3 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla
Combine all ingredient and spoon over top of hot cheesecake.
Bake 10 minutes longer.

Cool---Chill several hours before serving.

2 comments:

Deb said...

Brenda, thank you for sharing the recipe. And thanks for posting the link for your recipe blog on your main site.

How exactly will you be making your cookbook you mentioned? Will it be typed and bound together..say at a place like Kinkos or just hand-done? Or will you be making it into a scrapbook cookbook? I've seen those and was inspired, but never really followed thru on making one.

I'm going to check our library site now to see if they have the Susan Branch book; I like all her scrapbook items.

Brenda said...

I am going to put it together scrapbook style for part of the recipes and the remaining pages just typed. That's mainly to keep expenses down.

I'm going to get it copied at the copy store, have them three hole punched and put the pages in sheet protectors.

I figured this way, the family members I'm giving them to will be able to add their own additions. Plus, I can add additions as I have time (those recipes that we like but aren't quite as important as those going in the main section of the book).

I will be getting started on it within a few days (God willing and the creek don't rise as we say here...)