Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York Cheese Cake

I found this recipe on an awesome blog called Food for a Hungry Soul a while back when I had my blog Soap Mom's Kitchen.  This recipe is awesome and check out Food for a Hungry Soul for some more awesome recipes.  I have to say this is my favorite cheesecake of all time. 

New York Cheesecake
(Jim Fobel's Old-Fashioned Baking Book)
Found this recipe here:  Food for a Hungry Soul

5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups (one pint) sour cream, room temperature
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch spring form pan. Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan.  This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie.  Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit. 

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy.  Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth. 

Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat thoroughly, about 2 minutes. 

Pour into the prepared spring form pan and place in a roasting pan (or other pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching.  Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the spring form pan.

Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean.  Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan.  Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours.  Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled.  For best flavor and texture, this cheesecake is best chilled overnight.

I glide a thin knife around the sides. I dip the knife in very hot water before doing this. This will loosen cheesecake. Open clasp from spring form pan. Place cheese cake on plate. I served with blueberry sauce. 

Blueberry Sauce:
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup water
¾ cups sugar

¼ cup cold water
3 T. cornstarch

In sauce pan, add berries, water and sugar. Stir gently bring to a boil. In a small bowl mix ¼ cup water with cornstarch until starch is completely dissolve. Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture to avoid clumping. Simmer gently until thickened. Can add more water to thin sauce out.

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