Old Fashioned Cheesecake Recipe

Submitted By: The Spice House.

  • 1 1/2 cups finely crumbled graham crackers
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 1 1/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
Preparation Instructions

Prepare graham cracker crust - mix together with a fork until all ingredients are moistened. Spread the mixture evenly in 10 inch pan. Using your fingertips or the flat bottom of a drinking glass, firmly press the mixture over the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a pan. Freeze for 20 minutes. For a crunchier crust bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes instead of freezing it.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy, about 30 seconds. Do not over beat. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar and vanilla extract. Beat in 1 egg at a time, just until incorporated, scraping the sides of the bowl and the beater after each addition. Scrape the batter into the crust and smooth the top. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake until the center just barely jiggles when the pan is tapped, 45-55 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop the door ajar with a folded hot pad or the handle of a wooden spoon, and let the cake cool in the oven for 1/2 an hour. Remove from oven and continue to cool in the pan on a rack for at least 1 hour. Combine sour cream, 1/4 cup sugar, vanilla bean paste and salt in a small bowl. Spread over the cake. Let cool completely in the pan. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours preferable 24 hours, before serving.

Helpful Hints

Can be served with fresh berries.

Quick Shopping List

OUT Madagascar "Bourbon Islands" Vanilla Bean Paste
4 oz glass bottle
Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract
Pure Extract
4 fluid ounce

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