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Another Birthday

January 28, 2009

Little Sunshine had her birthday recently, and she chose cherry cheesecake for her celebratory dessert–a new departure for her, and one which made her mother very happy.  Joan loves cheesecake.  I don’t, really.  To me, it’s just too reminiscent of the 80s.  Everyone made cheesecake, and they made a big deal about cheesecake in a way that still bugs me–all those irritating cheesecake cookbooks, Erma Bombeck-y columns and Cathy cartoons about cheesecake, ugh, ugh, ugh . . .

I’m a crank.  I admit it.  Anyway, I made the cheesecake, and although I’m no fan, still, this recipe is a very, very good one.  If I were going to like cheesecake, I’d like this one.*  You should try it, if you like cheesecake.

Cheesecake, adapted freely from Chantal’s New York Cheesecake

15 graham crackers, crushed
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted

4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch springform pan.

In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this probably won’t prevent cracking (mine cracked like San Francisco in 1906) but it’ll make you feel like you tried. You can always cover it with 3/4 cup sour cream mixed with 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Chill in refrigerator until just before serving.

Top with canned cherry pie filling, if your daughter insists.

*Give me a jam and whipped cream-filled Victoria Sponge, especially for breakfast!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. limeandlemon permalink
    January 28, 2009 9:25 am

    sounds really delicious … love the photo .. Laila ..

  2. Winkin permalink
    January 30, 2009 9:41 am

    This looks really good. Im just going to have to make it. Darn it.

  3. William permalink
    February 18, 2009 8:25 am

    Cheesecake and the ‘big deal’ that people used to make of it: – memories of the bad brother in-law, in the early 80’s.

    His name is Joe (well of course it would be) – Joe who felt he was God’s Gift (to most things – but in this case to Cheese Cake ).

    We were eating at a fine restaurant in town where he kidnapped my sister to. We all wanted cheesecake – but he squashed the order, telling us ‘he’ could prepare his own version that would be the greatest thing we had ever eaten.

    From that point 5:45pm until we actually consumed a bite (somewhere around half past Johnny Carson) involved
    – crossing his large town to find a new large springform pan
    – crossing back to get ingredients
    – coping with tropical snake that shot out of the lower kitchen cupboard
    – coping with the leaky new springform pan
    – coping with ‘his’ ego
    – finally eaten the leaden gloopy mush

    (and yes he was correct – I have, and will, always remember it)


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