When it comes to baking desserts, I am beginner. I avoid baking as much as possible. I find baking recipes too complicated, until my co-worker gave me this perfect-easy classic cheesecake recipe. After getting this recipe, I had to make cheesecake for my husband and surprise him. My husband loves cheesecake. He would eat cheesecake everyday if it was available. He is at a point where he does not like to eat any desserts besides cheesecake. Yesterday it was my day off so I decided to make cheesecake and surprise him. The cheesecake recipe is so easy and its perfect dish to make when you are having gathering and celebrations.
Ingredients for Crust:
1/2 cup of Graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp of Sugar
1/3 cup of Butter (melted-unsalted)
Ingredients for Filling:
2 pkg (8 oz) Philadelphia cream cheese (room temperature-soft)
1/2 cup of Sugar
2 tbsp of all-purpose flour
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 325F. For crust, in a bowel combine crushed graham crackers and all ingredients. Stir in the melted butter and mix well. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of an 8-9 inch springform pan or Pyrex 3 quart pan ; set aside until filling is ready.
For filling, in a large mixing bowel beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until combined. Add eggs one at a time while mixing. Pour filling into crust-lined pan.
We are going to use water bath method to bake this cheesecake. Water bath method is most common and prevents cracks, dryness and browning of the sides. The hot water surrounding the cake in the oven creates a high moisture environment which bakes the cheesecake evenly.
If you are using spring form pan cover the outside with foil to avoid leakage. If you are using Pyrex when you don’t have to worry about leakage issues.
After putting hot water around the pan, put it in the oven for 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool and Refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
Hope you try and love this recipe. You can add various toppings. I love my cheesecake plain with fresh fruits on top 🙂