I’m going to get right to the point, this cheesecake is the best thing I know how to make. Maybe it’s because I love cream cheese so much. Maybe it’s because each bite is better than the last. Maybe it’s because it’s so creamy and decadent. Maybe it’s because it’s a Martha Stewart recipe. All I know is that I love this cheesecake. Follow the recipe and you will be pleased, so will everyone else that you share it with, trust me. 🙂
Classic Cheesecake Print Recipe Here
From Martha Stewart
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours, plus chilling
Yield Serves 12
12 graham crackers (3-by-5 inch)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
4 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make crust: Butter a 9-by-3-inch springform pan. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until fine crumbs form; add melted butter, sugar, and salt, and pulse to combine. Press crumb mixture into bottom and about 1 inch up side of pan. Bake until set, 12 to 15 minutes; let cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.
Set a kettle of water to boil. Make filling: Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium until fluffy, scraping down side of bowl. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in lemon zest and juice, and salt. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down side of bowl after each addition. Beat in sour cream.
Wrap bottom half of pan in foil. Pour in filling; place in a roasting pan. Pour in boiling water to come halfway up side of springform. Bake until just set in center, about 1 3/4 hours. Remove pan from water; let cool 20 minutes. Run a paring knife around edge; let cool completely. Cover; chill overnight before serving.