Tall and Creamy Cheesecake
This recipe was featured awhile ago by the Tuesdays with Dorie bakers. I thought the cheesecake looked divine back then, but I already had my favorite cheesecake recipe. So, I put it in the back of my mind and didn’t think about it again until last week.
My niece is visiting from Chicago and she has a very long list of all the things she wants to make with me. Cheesecake was the first thing she wanted to tackle. I immediately pulled out my favorite recipe, but decided we should try a new one. I must say I am so glad we decided to try a new recipe. This cheesecake is fantastic. The cheesecake itself is light and fluffy and much different than other cheesecakes I’ve tasted. So if you’re like me and think you already have your favorite cheesecake recipe give this one a try anyways. You will not be disappointed.
Tall and Creamy Cheesecake
For the crust:
1 3/4 Cups graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
For the cheesecake:
2 lbs (four 8oz boxes) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 Cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/3 Cups sour cream or heavy cream, or a combination of the two.
To make the crust:
Butter a 9 inch springform pan and wrap the bottom of the pan in a double layer of aluminium foil. Stir the crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour the melted butter over the crumbs and stir until all the dry ingredients are moist. Turn the ingredients into the springform pan and use your fingers to pat an even layer of crumbs over the bottom and half way up the sides of the pan. Put the pan in the freezer while you preheat the oven. Center a rack in the oven, preheat to 350 degrees F and place the springform on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool on a rack while you make the cheesecake. Reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F.
To make the cheesecake batter:
Put a kettle of water on the stove to boil. Working with a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese at medium speed until soft and creamy; about 4 minutes. With the mixer running, add the sugar and salt and continue to beat for another 4 minutes, until the cream cheese is light. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one by one, beating for a full minute after each addition — this will create a well-aerated batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the sour cream and/or heavy cream.
Put the foil wrapped springform pan into a roasting pan that is large enough to hold the pan with some space around it. Give the batter a few stirs with a spatula to make sure there is nothing left unmixed. Scrape the batter into the springform pan. The batter will reach the rim of the pan. Put the roasting pan in the oven and pour enough boiling water into it to come halfway up the sides of the springorm. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, at which point the top should be browned and may have risen just a little above the rim of the pan. Turn off the oven and prop open the door. Allow the cheesecake to sit in its water bath for one hour.
After one hour, carefully pull the setup out of the oven, lift the sprinform pan out of the roaster. Let the cheesecake come to room temperature on a cooling rack. When the cake is cool, cover the top lightly and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Source: Smells Like home