Friday, January 20, 2012

Easy, Plain, Delicious Cheesecake

Welcome back foodies!

People who have never made cheesecake before probably think that it's really difficult to do.  I thought that too, until I made one!  Today, I'm going to give you an easy recipe for a delicious, plain cheesecake.  A little backstory first: when I went to France last month, they kept asking for cheesecake (they don't tend to put their cheese in cake over there.)  So I sent a message to my amazing friend Julia, who has all the recipes I could ever ask for, and she came through in the clutch!

Here it is, enjoy!  And after you make it, leave a comment and let me know how it turned out (a photo is even better!)

Easy, Plain, Delicious (and Enrichin'!) Cheesecake

3T butter, melted
1C graham cracker crumbs (7-10 whole graham crackers)
***I actually prefer a chocolate crust - for this you can use 1C of chopped up double chocolate cookies (about 10-15)
1.5T sugar

Preheat oven to 375 F

Mix these ingredients, spread them and press them into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan (or round pan, if you don't have springform) for 10 min. Set aside.

2 lbs cream cheese, softened (leave it on the counter for 30 min. or so)
4 eggs
1C sugar
1tsp vanilla
2tsp lemon juice

Beat the softened cream cheese until creamy. Add 4 eggs, beat well, until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes with an electric mixer). Add sugar gradually. Once it's all mixed in, add vanilla and lemon juice. Mix. Then pour into pan and bake for 35 minutes or more (the cake should be a little jiggly in the center). Cool for 1 hour, and top with fresh fruit or chocolate sauce or anything else!

This is the beautiful cheesecake we made in France.  It was a huge hit!

Of course, if you'd like to change it up, you can add almost anything you want - feel free to add chocolate sauce, peanut butter, or jam into the batter.

Until next time!  Live Enriched!

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