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Brooklyn: Downtown Cheesecake

Brooklyn is known for cheesecake; Junior’s Cheesecake, more specifically, and while this one doesn’t have a spongecake crust like their famous ones, it’s still pretty darn good. When we moved to New York, I was on a mission to find the BEST cheesecake in the city. That’s no easy feat. Do you have any idea how many bakeries there are?! I walk past 14 different bakeries on my street every morning, just to get my coffee! So, let’s just say that I’ve tried my fair share of cheesecake in this city. Some were great. Some, not so great. I’d put this recipe up against any of them. I like it because it’s thick, but not too rich and it’s very easy to make. In fact, I let Jayne do a big portion of it! She loves counting out and cracking the eggs, holding the blender and spooning the creamy batter into the pan. The hardest part is waiting 6-8 hours while it cools. I’d love to hear what you think about this beauty after you try it!

Ingredients:

  • (3) 8oz. Packages of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Eggs*
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla
  • (1) 8oz. Package of Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Prepared Graham Cracker Crumb Crust
  • Optional: Strawberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Chocolate Sauce, etc.

Directions:

Take eggs out of the refrigerator and set aside (*Pro-tip: always let eggs come to room temp before baking). Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Press Graham Cracker Crust into the bottom of a 10″ springform pan, using the back of a spoon. Sometimes, I’ll crumble the crust in a small bowl and mix in a Tbsp of Butter. It makes it easier to press the crust. Mix the cream cheese and 1 1/4 cup of sugar until it’s smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in the Vanilla and pour mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust. Bake for 30-40 minutes. It’s done with the filling is set. In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with a 1/4 cup of sugar and pour that over the filling. Return the cheesecake to the oven for 10 minutes. Chill 6-8 hours, or overnight. I highly recommend a topping bar with strawberries, blueberries, graham crackers and chocolate sauce! It makes the long wait worthwhile.

How’s that for simple???