This cheesecake does present some difficulites such as: having a very large food processor, you could use a stand mixer, though. I believe mine is a six cup and it was not big enough. Make sure your cream cheese is softened. Make sure your springform pan is at least a 9-inch. Mine is a 9-inch, it was filled to the brim with cheesecake filling.
Will let Y'all know how it tastes, tomorrow.
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- 2 1/2 c
- graham cracker crumbs (abt 2 pkgs.)
- 3 Tbsp
- sugar (i used cinnamon graham crackers and omitted the sugar
- 5 Tbsp
- butter, melted
- 3 lb
- cream cheese, softened (6 - 8oz pkgs)
- 1 c
- sour cream
- 1 3/4 c
- 2 Tbsp
- lemon zest
- 1 Tbsp
- pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch
- cherry preserves, for topping (optional)
Make the Crust: In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and 3 Tbsp. of sugar. With a fork add the melted butter, mix to combine. Pour the crumbs into a 9 inch springform pan and press crumbs onto the bottom and up the side of the pan.
Using a 1 cup metal measuring cup is helpful in getting the crumbs pressed into the side of the pan.
Place in oven and bake until set, about 15 to 20 minutes. It took about 15-17 minutes in my oven, so keep an eye on your baking time. When finished remove from oven and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300^F.
For The Cheesecake Batter: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the cream cheese, sour cream, heavy cream and sugar until well combined. Scrape well after mixing. Add the eggs one at a time, pulsing and scraping well after each addition. Add the zest, vanilla and salt; pulse to combine.
Note: The cheesecake was still very warm (needed potholders to remove) out of the oven. So, I let the cheesecake sit on a cooling rack on the counter top for about 1/2 hour. Since the cheesecake was still very warm, I did not cover it before placing in the refrigerator, as I didn't want any condisation to accumulate on the top of the cheesecake.