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Home for the Holidays Hop

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Home for the holidays hop

November 13th – November 18th

 

 

 

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As a huge cheesecake fan, I make one for every holiday. This is my favorite recipe

New York Cheesecake

Crust

  1. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus room-temperature butter for pan
  2. 12 graham crackers 
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

Filling

  1. 2 1/2 pounds bar cream cheese, room temperature (I always use Philadelphia) 
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. (I cheat on this and skip the lemon zest. You can also use vanilla instead of lemon.)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  5. 4 large eggs, room temperature
  6. 1 cup sour cream, room temperature

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.

This is a recipe from Martha Stewart. I’d like to add that I think the most important part of making a cheesecake is not overcooking it. If it starts to crack, it’s over cooking. The surface should remain level. I typically check to whether my cheesecake is cooked by tapping on the pan. You want the inner 2-3″ in diameter to still jiggle when you stop cooking.

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My ebook contribution is an ecopy of the keepers.

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If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

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32 Responses to Home for the Holidays Hop

  1. Donna Augustine Post author

    Thanks everyone! And whatever else you might do during the holidays, just don’t overcook your cheesecakes and all else will be forgiven!

  2. Lea Schafer

    I love cheesecake! I also love your blurb — sounds very interesting. Thanks for participating in the blog!
    laschafer at knology dot net

  3. Kathy O

    Cheesecake is the downfall for me. Thanks for the hop, recipe and giveaway. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. koala571 (at) msn (dot) com

  4. Eva Millien

    I love cheesecake,thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing the hop and giveaways. Wishing everyone a wonderful and magical holiday season. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. Mer

    I love cheesecake! One year I made a peppermint cheesecake for a holiday party that turned out very well…I may have to find that recipe again.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  6. Angela Fitzgerald

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. I haven’t read any of your books but I will be checking them out. I definitely know that I am interested in every book that you’ve written. I wonder if their on Audible? Thank you.
    Angela
    angie1977t@gmail.com

  7. Shadow

    Hi! Thank you for the recipe! Im one happy, happy camper! I love cheesecake! Its so good! I could eat the whole thing myself. lol Cant wait to make this! I think this weekend, im gonna test this recipe, a couple of times, just to make sure i have it right. lol Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway!! Happy Thanksgiving!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Karen Arrowood

    I love cheesecake, but I usually make Turtle cheesecake…
    Thanks for this recipe, and for being part of the hop.

    Karen(dot)arrowood(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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