CHEESE CAKE by Grandma Nell

Al Smith


Grandma Nell was the greatest cook and mother-in-law. The only thing she ever made that I didn't like was the oyster dressing for Thanksgiving.
I remember one Saturday morning in Camarillo,CA she made this unbelievable Cheese Cake with me watching. We wrote it all down for you.
For Christmas: add 2 cans of cherries with juice to chilled Cheese Cake.


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1 box
zwiebeck baby crackers (or biscotti)
1 stick
butter, melted
1/2 c
2 tsp
cinnamon, ground


4 large
eggs, separated, save the whites
1 c
2 pkg
knox gelatin
1 c
3 pkg
8 oz philadelphia cream cheese
2 medium
juice from 2 lemons
1/2 pt
whipping cream
1 tsp
vanilla extract


2 can(s)
cherries, with juice

How to Make CHEESE CAKE by Grandma Nell


  • 1,THE CRUST:
    Roll zwiebeck to fine crumbs. Melt butter in sauce pan. Mix cinnamon and sugar with the crumbs. Mix with melted butter. Press into spring-form pan. Put in refrigerator to set. Save some crumbs for the top.
    Mix gelatin with 1/2 cup water and set aside.
  • 3Place beaten egg yolks, 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a double boiler. Cook over hot water, stirring constantly until mixture coats a spoon, like custard.
  • 4Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture. Cool until lukewarm.
  • 5Place softened cream cheese into mixing bowl. Cream and add custard to the cheese. Mix well.
  • 6Beat egg whites until fluffy. Fold egg whites into the cheese mixture.
  • 7Beat the whipping cream with 1 teaspoon vanilla and fold into mixture. Lastly, add the lemon juice.
  • 8FINISH: After Crust is set, pile filling into crust, add cherries and put saved crumbs on top.
    Refrigerate until set (at least 4 hours).

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About CHEESE CAKE by Grandma Nell

Course/Dish: Cakes
Collection: Grandma's Table

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