Basic Cheesecake

16 May

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I made this cheesecake for my friend Gail’s birthday party in April 2011. Months earlier, Gail had told me that cheesecake was her favorite dessert, so I promised to make it for her birthday, but now I was swamped with finals in graduate school and very pressed for time. Also, I had never made cheesecake before and was nervous since it seemed so complicated and I don’t like to experiment with new recipes for special occasions. But a promise is a promise! So, I looked online and found this recipe which is just as easy as making a one-crust pie. I was very pleased with how it came out. I topped mine with freshly sliced strawberries and blueberries for added flavor and seasonal decoration.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:Basic Cheesecake with fruit toppings

  • 12 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup sour cream)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • One 9 inch graham cracker crust


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour into crust and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days before serving. Top with fruit topping, whipped cream, or just eat plain!
Basic Cheesecake with fruit toppings
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Cakes



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