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The Best, Ultimate Cheesecak

Creamy, Dreamy Cheesecake

  • Author: Roz Corieri Paige | La Bella Vita Cucina

Description

This delicious cheesecake has 5 packages of cream cheese included, making this a true indulgence!  The texture is perfect, not hard, but wonderfully silky and creamy.  


Ingredients

For the Crust:

2-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

For the Filling:

5 pkg (40 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature

2 Tbsp. freshly-squeezed lemon juice

2 tsps. vanilla

1-3/4 cup sugar

3 Tbsps. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

5 jumbo or large eggs, room temperature

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup whipping cream

For the Fruit Topping:

3 cans cherry pie filling, juice/syrup drained

1/2 tsp. almond extract


Instructions

Preheat oven at 500F degrees!

For the Crust:

Mix graham cracker crumbs with butter and sugar.

Press into a 10″ springform pan.

Refrigerate until ready to pour in the filling.

For the Filling:

Beat the cream cheese with a mixer in a large mixing bowl until very smooth, but not overbeaten.

Blend in lemon juice and vanilla.

Gradually beat in sugar, flour, and salt, until creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes.

Beat in eggs and yolks.

Beat in cream.

Pour filling into the crust.

In the pre-heated (500 F degree) oven, bake the cheesecake for 12 minutes.

Turn the oven temperature down to 200 F degrees and bake for 50 minutes.

Run a sharp knife between the edge of the cheesecake and the sides of the pan to loosen.

Cool completely and then place in the refrigerator overnight or for 24 hours.

Serve with the cherry topping!