Cheesecake

Cheesecake

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Serve with Joseph Phelps Vineyards Eisrébe

For the crust

2 cups

Fine graham cracker crumbs (1 pack plus 7 or 8)

½ cup Granulated sugar
½ cup Melted butter


Thoroughly mix crumbs, sugar and melted butter.  Press mix into sides and bottom of 9 inch springform pan. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the cake

1 lb.

Cream cheese, softened to room temperature

5

Eggs, separated

1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup Granulated sugar
1 pint Sour cream


Optional: ¼ teaspoon fresh lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In electric mixer, blend cream cheese, egg yolks, vanilla, lemon juice and sugar until smooth.  Add sour cream (and optional lemon zest) and continue blending until smooth.  In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff (but not dry).  Fold the egg whites into cheese mixture.  Turn batter into crust lined springform pan.

Place pan on cookie sheet with an edge (in case batter leaks out during baking).  Bake 1 hour and then turn off oven heat.  Let cake stand in oven with door closed for 1 more hour.  Remove cake from oven and allow cheesecake to cool on a rack in a draft-free place for 1 more hour. 

Run bread knife or narrow spatula around side of pan and then loosen the rim (allow the spring to open to free sides).  Set cake (along with pan bottom) on plate and allow to stand for 2 more hours.  Remove cheesecake from bottom and transfer to serving plate.

Serve at room temperature and refrigerate leftovers.

Cheesecake may be served with fresh fruit coulis of your choosing or eaten plain.