July 25, 2009

Davey's Cheesecake

Davey Miksza makes a darn good cheesecake, and I stole his recipe from him. I think it is copied down by his mom Leta, who most likely originally had the recipe. The photo above is the cheesecake Leta made for Andy's 30th birthday.

Combine 1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 C sugar and 1/4 C melted butter. It is very helpful to use a food processor if you have one. Press into 8" pie plate.

Soften one 8oz package cream cheese, and beat until fluffy. Gradually blend in 1/2 C sugar, 1 Tbs lemon juice and 1/2 tsp vanilla (1 tsp is better), and dash of salt. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Pour filling into crust and bake at 325 degrees until set, about 25-30 minutes.

Top Layer
Combine 1 C diary sour cream*, 2 Tbs sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla (or 1 tsp). Spoon over top of pie. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool, then chill several hours.

Double the recipe for for filling if using a standard 8-9" spring form pan. Triple it for a large spring form (12-14"), and cook filling slower and longer. For crust double the recipe for the largest spring form, and 1 1/2 for the smaller spring form.

*1lb sour cream = 1 1/2 C

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