May 24, 2010

Recipe of the Month - New York Cheesecake

I admit, I hate sharing my Deelicious Sweets recipes.  But, I need to get over it and start sharing.  So, I will share one a month but only if I'm feeling generous.  So, this last weekend we went to our friend's house, Radhika and Ashok.  We were asked to bring a dish and I decided I would bring my New York Cheesecake.  It never fails me and it's so easy to put together.  However, while it's easy to put together, it's spoiled to death in the oven.  This is what you do:

New York Cheesecake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened (this is imperative, I leave my cream cheese on the counter for a couple of hours beforehand)
1 3/4 cups white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 eggs (I also leave my eggs out for a few hours beforehand because Alton Brown said I should)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly coat a 10 inch springform pan with spray oil. Note: You could use a 9x13 inch pan instead.
    To make the crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 egg and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. Spread to the edges of the pan. Prick all over with a fork, then bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Allow to cool.

    Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 3/4 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 5 eggs and the yolks and mix thoroughly. Add cream and mix only enough to blend.

    Pour filling over crust and bake for 10 minutes at 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C) and continue to bake for one hour. Turn oven off, but leave cake in for another hour. Don't worry if it looks a little jiggly in the center.
    Chill overnight. This is imperative! If desired, top with your favorite fruit or serve plain. 
      So, this is the original baking directions, but I tweaked mine a bit:  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then drop the temperature to 200 degrees for 45 minutes.  Turn oven off and let it set for approximately five hours.  Freeze overnight.
       Enjoy, friends! 

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