July 05, 2004


nowadays, cheesecake is kind of an upscale treat. bill's the big cheesecake guy in our family. he's always up for trying out new flavor combinations. white chocolate, key-lime with a macadamia nut crust, oreo, and his old favorite and most requested -- because it is so goooood, chocolate chip. you know, the big round ones made in springform pans. the cheesecake slice you pay a fortune for in a restaurant.

i'm not writing about THOSE cheesecakes. this is about the cheesecake that you FIRST tasted when you were ten years old. the one your aunt or gramma always brings to the 4th of july picnic. my grandma made this cheesecake. my step-mom, patty-ann, made an even better version. this is patty ann's recipe. i don't know if she made it up -- i wouldn't be surprised if she did. it's the first time bill ever met a cheesecake he liked. it was all over for him from then on.

when patty ann gave me the recipe, i thought she was cheating me. the cheesecake she made couldn't be THIS easy. no way. but it is. takes about 10 minutes, not counting baking time.



in a 9 x 12 pyrex lasagna pan, prepare a graham cracker crust. i use 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers, crush them, mix in about 1/2 cup of sugar, and a stick of melted butter. pat it in the pan, and bake it at 375 degrees (f) for about ten minutes.

beat together:
3 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
until smooth.
add in:
5 large eggs (1 at a time), also room temperature
1 t vanilla extract

pour over prepared crust and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees (f).

remove cheesecake from oven, let sit for 5 mins, cooling.

beat together:
16-oz container of sour cream
1/2 cup sugar

pour this over the cheesecake and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.

chill. some people like to serve this cake with a can of cherry pie filling spread on top. we just eat it plain.

Posted by Stacey at July 5, 2004 02:38 PM

can the kids and i move in... you guys make the BEST stuff

Posted by: -d at July 5, 2004 04:52 PM

That looks delicious - puts my cheesecake to shame. If -d moves in, I also want to move in.

Posted by: Michelle at July 6, 2004 03:08 PM

OMG, something that potentially I could even make? without burning down the kitchen? Possibly? I'm going to try this. YumMAY!

Posted by: Keri at July 7, 2004 11:43 AM

Yup, that's the cheesecake I remember. I can almost taste it just looking at the picture. Also, very cute plates, btw.

Posted by: Philip at July 7, 2004 12:29 PM

Sounds wonderful I'm going to give it a try - very soon!

Posted by: cassie-b at July 11, 2004 06:09 PM

Sounds wonderful I'm going to give it a try - very soon!

Posted by: cassie-b at July 11, 2004 06:09 PM

The kids discovered cheesecake in England this year, looks like I'll have to give it a try. What a neat slice on the photo, just like a cookery book!

Posted by: Anji at July 14, 2004 06:02 AM

This is a wonderful recipe! It tasted fantastic and creamy... And there was lots to share... My writing buddy Marge got some, and Keith of course... My dad, Marge's mom, Marge's daughter, and I got lots and lots as did Keith. It was yummmmmy. And that was without the sugar in the crust. :) Going to make it again this weekend for Keli's welcome home.

Posted by: Keri at July 27, 2004 10:48 PM