Monday, April 06, 2009

No guilt.

Or not as much guilt as I could have.

Cheesecake time!



Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs (could use cinnamon graham crackers, oreos, or vanilla wafers too)
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened (I use 2 full fat and 2 low fat, but NOT fat free. Those are just gross.)
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
1 container (16 oz.) Sour Cream, divided (I use low fat here too)
4 eggs

Instructions
1.) HEAT oven to 325°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends extending over sides of pan. Mix crumbs, butter and 2 Tbsp. sugar; press onto bottom of pan. (I skip the foil.)

2.) BEAT cream cheese, 1 cup of remaining sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add 1 cup sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.

3.) BAKE 40 min. or until center is almost set. Mix remaining sour cream, sugar and vanilla; carefully spread over cheesecake. Bake 10 min. Cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan just before serving.

**My notes - Other than baking, step 3 isn't really necessary. What it gives you is a pretty cheesecake with no visible cracks. If you know you're going to be topping the cheesecake with chocolate, fruit, caramel syrup, honey toasted almonds, etc. you can skip that last step because it will be covered up anyway! If you're a cheesecake purist, then do the last step because it really does make it a perfectly pretty cake.

If you never thought you could make a good cheesecake, trust me you can!
I've had many not-so-great attempts but this one is perfect every time.
I also love that this is made in a 9x13. Easy Peasy.

It is so good!
And calorie free.
Okay, I lie.
But I do cut out the calories where I can!
Which means I can have another piece.

25 comments:

Jenna said...

YUM!!! That looks like the perfect way to start off my morning :)

byrheea said...

You're making me hungry... and drooling all over.

Rheea

byrheea said...

You're making me hungry... and drooling all over.

Rheea

paperhill said...

looks yummy! happy monday!

Scott, Joanna, Matthew said...

YUM! That looks good! I think I may have to try that recipe for Easter.

jacjewelry said...

My goodness, this looks SO good! I've been craving something sweet - anything sweet - all weekend!!!

inkOBSESSIONdesigns said...

I literally just drooled into my coffee!

Laura said...

got a key lime recipe?

Sweet Nothings said...

Yum Beki! This looks delicious. I'm going to have to try it. Wish I had a piece right now! :)

Brenda said...

Your recipe looks so easy! I am making cheesecake for Easter Sunday desert, I think I will try your version instead. I agree with not using non fat cheesecake, If I'm making cheesecake, it's not the time to try and make it more healthy.
Yummy!

amidesigns said...

oh that is scrummy!

Beadin By The Sea said...

Oh, I'd love a bite of that! I'm always afraid to mix in lower fat substitutions thinking it won't turn out very tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

kellyssima said...

it looks so good! thanks for the recipe!!! :)

A Blond And A Torch said...

Yummy!

Karina said...

OK, now I'm hungry! I'll definitely give your recipe a try, I LOVE cheesecake!!

Michelle said...

Yum....

My motto when it comes to desserts that are heavy on the calories....they go backwards. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Danielle said...

Goodness gracious! Looks delicious and sounds delicious :) I do believe I have all the ingredients...

Thanks for sharing!

hoosier68 said...

I agree with Laura. Looks great and do you have a Key Lime recipe?

Polka Dot Moon said...

I'm drooling!!!! YUMMO!

betterislittle said...

Saving this recipe! Yummo! :)

rebel said...

Oh my, this looks soooo good. You're makin' me hungry, shame on you!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

I love cheesecake and can you cut a strawberry pretty or what! I've gotta try that!

Thanks for joining us today. It will be held on another blog next week. I'll post about it later in the week.

~Kim

Kristen said...

I have never made cheesecake with sour cream -I think this will be my first, it looks wonderful!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Wish I had some of this. I love cheesecake!

Musings of a Housewife said...

Too funny! I posted my cheesecake recipe this morning. I may want to try yours to compare. :-)