Donna Augustine

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Home for the Holidays Hop


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


  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


  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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  1. I have beenhoping to find a good cheesecake recipe! Thank you! Carpediem5366 at yahoo dot com

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and joining this giveaway!

  3. Donna Augustine

    November 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Thanks for participating!

  4. My husband is a big cheesecake fan, so I know I will be trying this recipe! Thank you for the recipe.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. Leslie Rodriguez

    November 14, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Happy Holidays. Thank you for the amazing giveaway.

  6. I love cheesecake in ALL forms!! Thanks for the share!!

  7. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I am a cheesecake fanatic, thanks for another recipe to try!

  9. Thanks for the recipe & Hop stop. Your book sounds Great 😀
    Hugs & Happy Holidays

    Missie Jones
    missie25524 (at) netzero (dot) com

  10. Jeanette (Jeannie) Platt

    November 16, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Cheesecake is my downfall.. I Love it lol thanks for the recipe and for being part of the hop.

  11. Donna Augustine

    November 16, 2013 at 3:44 am

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

  12. No way I could make that, but thanks for sharing it. Maybe Hubby would try (he’s the real cook in the family). Sounds delicious!

  13. It is hard to say no to cheesecake. delphinareadstoomuch at

  14. I love cheesecake.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  15. I love cheesecake! I also love your blurb — sounds very interesting. Thanks for participating in the blog!
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  16. My husband loves cheesecake! I think I will try to make this one for him! Thanks for sharing your recipe ! Have a happy thanksgiving!

  17. I love cheesecake!! Yummy, thank you!

  18. Michelle Bledsoe

    November 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Cheesecake is the best. Especially with caramel topping. Thank you for the recipe.
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  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. Yum!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

  22. Thanks for the awesome hop.
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  23. Cheesecake is my favorite!

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  24. 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

  25. Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  26. I love all kinds of cheesecake, but for the life of me I can’t keep mine from cracking.

    blueshedevil32 AT gmail DOT com

  27. Angela Fitzgerald

    November 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    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.

  28. 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!

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


  30. thanks for the recipe and the hop! – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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