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Thursday, January 8, 2009
The best cheesecake recipe EVER
No one who cooks cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers. -Laurie Colwin
I am still in the grips of a serious cold, the kind of cold that actually slows the brain cells from communicating with one another. Yes, one of those. And Babou is decidedly unsick, decidely energetic, and decidely bored of being in the house.
So I have decided not to write much today but rather pass on something I believe to be of high value, my really good cheesecake recipe. It is not only tasty, but really easy; I think that makes it one of the best cheesecake recipes I have yet to find.
You see my husband's favorite dessert is cheesecake, and he asks for one every year for his birthday cake. This year we have been together 11 years so you see that I have baked a lot of cheesecakes. I have tried different recipes almost every year. But last year I tried the following one and it was so easy and so good I have given up my search.
So without further ado...here it is!
Montana's Mom's Dynamite Cheesecake
"Loved by millions from coast to coast." -Montana
Crust: crumbs from 16 graham crackers 1/2 stick of butter (melted) 1 tbs. honey 1 tbs. flour mush up with fingers and press firmly into bottom of a spring form pan.
Filling: 16 oz cream cheese 1/3 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 1 lemon: juice and grated rind blend till smooth and creamy. Pour on top of crust and bake for 25 minutes - or until set at 375°
Topping: 1 pt. sour cream (16 oz) 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Blend. Pour on top of cooled filling and bake at 375° for 5-8 minutes.
A MUST: Cheesecake must set in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours before it will be firm enough to slice well. If you get impatient and cut before it is completely set, the top will be runny.
This recipe can be found in the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, page 187.
I was raised in a very free-thinking family of great proportions, living a semi-nomadic life between northern and central california, traveling, and often living, in a VW van. I received a BA in Religious Studies and Cultural Anthropology at UCSB, have worked for a wine magazine, and traveled as much as possible. I am now a thirty-three-year-old-mostly-content-stay-at-home-mom living in the Bay Area with my husband, two-year-old daughter, and very energetic Golden Retriever.