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cheesecake 101 (sallye)

Recipe by
sallye bates
Austin, TX

This is such an easy recipe to make; very creamy with a hint of orange flavor (or you can substitute lemon zest)

yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 1 Hr 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheesecake 101 (sallye)

  • CRUST:
  • 1 c
    vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 c
    finely minced pecans
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar,
  • 1/2 c
    butter (1 stick), melted
  • 2 c
    sour cream
  • 3 pkg
    (8 oz each) cream cheese, room temperaturre
  • 3 lg
    slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • finely grated zest of one orange

How To Make cheesecake 101 (sallye)

  • 1
    Set sour cream and cream cheese out and allow to come to room remperature Preheat oven to 350º F Crush enough vanilla wafers to make 1 cup and the pecans in food processor until finely chopped Transfer to small mixing bowl.
  • 2
    MAKE CRUST: Add sugar to crumb mixture Note: Add a dash of cinnamon if desired for a livelier taste Melt the butter and pour over the crumb mixture Toss with wooden spoon until well blended. Reserve 3 tablespoons for the top of the cheesecake. Press the remaining crumb mixture evenly into the bottom and 1/2" up the sides of a 9" springform pan
  • 3
    MAKE CAKE FILLING: Place the sour cream, cream cheese, slightly beaten eggs, sugar and salt in food processor and process until very smooth. Add the vanilla and orange zest and continue processing just until blended Pour the cake FILLING over the crust, gently smootHing out evenly.
  • 4
    Place pan in oven (I always set mY pan on a heavy baking sheet) Bake for 50 minutes, then remove from oven Sprinkle the reserved topping over the cake Return to oven and bake 10-15 minutes more until filling is firm and lightly browned
  • 5
    IMPORTANT: Remove from oven and allow cake to completely cool in pan. Once cake is completely cooled, remove the side of the pan and refrigerate cheesecake until ready to serve.
  • 6
    May be served with your choice of toppings such as fresh fruit, berries or sauces. Or it can be served "as is" for a delightful dessert.

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