I came across this recipe while looking through a cookbook my aunt made for me as a wedding gift . Not only is this cheesecake really yummy . But its also my husband's and a really good friend of mines favorite as well . Lets just say if i tell her i am making a cheesecake she runs right over for a piece its that good she tells me :)
In a med. size bowl mix your graham cracker crumbs , the melted butter and 1/4 cup of your sugar . press firmly into the bottom of your springform pan and about 2 1/2 inches up the side of the pan , place into your freezer for a few minutes .
Beat your cream cheese remaining 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla in a large bowl with a electric mixer on high speed until well blended . add your eggs 1 at a time mixing on a low speed after each egg just until blended add your sour cream . pour into your crust .
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes for until the center is almost set ( i put foil around my springform pan and bake my cheesecake in a water bath so it won't crack ) . turn off your oven leaving your door slightly ajar leave cheesecake in the oven for 1 hour remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack . place into your refrigerator for 4 hours remove your side of the pan and top it with your pie filling enjoy :)