Monday, May 19, 2008


I love cheesecake enough to be very dedicated in finding the best recipe. Here it is (and even Bryan will eat it, and he claims to not like cheesecake).

Crust: I actually just use the recipe on the back of the box of graham cracker crumbs.....and I'm considering doubling it as I think cheesecake needs a hearty crust...I haven't done this yet though, try at your own risk.

4 packages, 8 oz each, cream cheese at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs

2 cups (16 oz) cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Strawberry glaze:
2 TBSP cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 jar good strawberry preserves
3 TBSP lemon juice
1 quart strawberries

Make crust according to directions, bake for a few minutes at 350. Press into the bottom and up sides of spring form pan.

For filling, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, lemon juice and vanilla; mix just until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating on low after each addition. Spoon over crust. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until filling is almost set. ** put a large pan of water in with cheesecake - this helps to keep it from cracking.

Remove cheesecake and let sit for 15 minutes, but leave oven on. Meanwhile, combine sour cream, sugar, and vanilla, spread over cheesecake. Return to hot oven for 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour, refrigerate for at least 3 or 4, uncovered. Cover, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

For glaze:
in a saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Add preserves and cook until jelly melts and mixture thickens (over medium heat). Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Cool to room temperature. Before serving, arrange strawberries on top of cheesecake, pour glaze over top.

Dear Cooking Blog, You're in Good Hands....

Hi Ladies! I am sorry that I have been neglecting the blog so much! We are getting ready for our move and I am pretty busy with that. Also, Kate has been busy moving, too. And Pam just had a little baby girl! SO.....
it is up to you other three (Anne, Suz, and Audrey!) to take care of the blog while we three are temporarily out of commission!
That entails:
1. Actually posting recipes :)
2. Just generally loving the blog
Thanks ladies!! I have all the faith in the world in you. I can't wait to try the yummy recipes that you're going to post! :)