Thursday, November 25, 2004

It is all about the Cheesecake

 

As Promised, Cheesecake Recipe.

Note before you start -- this recipe makes 3 nine inch round cheesecakes.  Cheesecake freezes beautifully.

OH!  And my oven is a convection oven. If you have a conventional oven up the temperatures by 25 degrees!

Crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In medium sized bowl combine:

3 Cups all purpose flour

1/2 Cup sugar

1/2 Teaspoon baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon grated lemon peel (from real fresh lemons not the dried stuff in the jar)

Mix well, then add

1 Cup softened butter (real butter, I use salted butter, if you prefer sweet butter, that works fine too.  I have no idea what fake butter or shortening will do to this recipe and I don't want to know, if you try either, please do not tell me.)

Mix again until all ingredients are combined. You should be able to easily form a ball from the dough with your hands.  Divide the dough into three pieces.  Smash the dough into the bottom only of three nine inch spring form or straight sided cake layer pan.  You can get all neat about it and roll the dough out and cut a nice circle then lay that in the bottom of the pan, but you were just smooshing the dough around with your hands to form a ball then divide it in three so you decide if you want to get out a rolling pin.

Bake the crust in your preheated (you did preheat -- right?) oven for 10 minutes.  You don't want the crust to brown, just set, it will finish browning when you bake the cheesecake.

Cheesecake

Remove your pans from the oven, set aside to cool.  Turn the oven temperature up to 350 degrees.

In a very large bowl combine

9 eight ounce packages of softened cream cheese.

3 cups sugar

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tablespoon grated lemon peel

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

Mix -Mix - Mix

then add

7 eggs (I use extra large eggs -- but cheesecake is pretty forgiving so if you use large or jumbo it should not make a huge difference.  If you use small eggs, you are on your own.)

3/4 cup 1/2 and 1/2

Mix until well combined.  Pour cheesecake mixture into your prepared pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for around 50 minutes.  Cheesecake is done when only the middle 2 inches of the cake jiggle when you move the pan slightly.  Take the cakes out of the oven to cool. The middle will finish setting while the cake cools.  After the cake has cooled run a spatula around the outside of the cake to loosen it from the side of the pan.  Do not remove the side of the spring form pan at this point.  Cover cake with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator to chill at least four hours before serving.  If you are going to freeze the cake, skip the refrigerator and put the plastic wrapped cake right into the freezer.

Raspberry Sauce

2 cups frozen whole raspberries

1 cup sugar

Place the raspberries and the sugar into a heavy saucepan.  Heat over low heat until the berries are thawed and stirring combines the berries and the sugar into a liquid. Increase heat to medium.  Cook, stirring frequently until the mixture reaches the "jell" stage on a candy thermometer.

Chill sauce and serve over slices of cheesecake.

One nine inch cake should be cut into at least 16 slices.

 

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