Learning to cook … one kid at a time

New York Style Cheesecake! January 11, 2011

Filed under: Dessert!,Entertaining — gastromami @ 12:02 pm

Alternatively Titled:

Reny’s Birthday:  Part 3


Ahhhh …. Birthday cake

The dimmed lights, the burning candles, and a toddler attempting to change his fingerprints



This recipe comes from and good ol’ Emeril ….


1 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 lbs. cream cheese, softened

1 lemon, zested

1 orange, zested

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 eggs

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup sour cream

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped from the pod and reserved

(I didn’t have a vanilla bean so I substituted 3 teaspoons vanilla extract)

1 teaspoon bourbon





Preheat oven to 375˚

Butter the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan

In a food processor (or mixing bowl), combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Mix well

Press onto bottom of springform pan and bake until golden, about 8 minutes

Set aside to cool

When completely cooled, butter the sides of the pan

Lower oven temperature to 350˚

Combine cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups sugar, vanilla, and zests

Beat until light and creamy

Add the flour

Then the eggs and yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition

Add the sour cream, bourbon and vanilla bean seeds (or extract)

Mix until smooth

Pour into prepared pan

Wrap the pan in foil and place in a roasting pan

(I made a mistake here and covered the top of the cake, leave the top uncovered and only wrap foil around sides)

Fill the roasting pan with hot water until it reaches halfway up the cake

Bake for 1 1/2 hours

Cool completely

Refrigerate overnight




Serve with berries or your favorite topping!






Ren approved!


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