Recipe for the Best Cheesecake Ever! I'm Not Exaggerating!

Nothing Tastes Better Than Cheesecake!

Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

The variety of cheesecake flavors is endless. The Cheesecake Factory alone offers more than twenty different versions. As a life-long cheesecake aficionado, I prefer simple recipes that compliment the basic cheesecake flavor, not overpower it. My mother's recipe for a cheesecake with a sour cream topping continues to be my favorite.

It's still my dessert of choice on my birthday. Now that I'm grown up, I bake my own cheesecakes. As someone who needed to take a Survival in the Kitchen class, I can attest that this recipe is easy to make.

Four Reasons this Cheesecake is so Great:

  1. It's light. I don't enjoy rich cheesecakes that fill me up in one bite.
  2. It's crustless. I've never tasted a crust that complimented the flavor of the cheesecake.
  3. Almond extract is one of the ingredients. It's my favorite flavoring!
  4. The sour cream topping accentuates the flavor of the cheesecake.

Ingredients

Cheesecake

2 - 8 oz. Packages of Cream Cheese

3 Eggs

1/4 tsp Almond Extract

2/3 c Sugar

Topping

1 c Sour Cream

3 tbsp Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions

Soften the cream cheese* (for use with an electric stand or hand mixer):

  1. Unwrap the cream cheese and cut it into quarters.
  2. Microwave the cream cheese on high power for 10 seconds.

*If you don't soften the cream cheese the batter will be lumpy and you will overmix to compensate. The cheesecake will end up with a different texture because of the extra air whipped into it.

Bake the cheesecake:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat three whole eggs with a fork in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the cream cheese, almond extract, and sugar. Blend the ingredients until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into a greased, standard (9 inch diameter), glass pie plate.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes (the top should no longer look glossy).
  6. Cool for 20 minutes (it's normal for the center to sink slightly).

Prepare and add the sour cream topping:

  1. Mix the sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Pour the topping onto the cheesecake and spread it around until even.

Bake the cheesecake for an additional 10 minutes.

Cool the cheesecake on a cooling rack until the glass pie plate is room temperature.

Chill the cheesecake in the refrigerator (it takes best at this temperature).

Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Unfortunately, many of the foods we love the most are loaded with calories and fat. That's why we try to only enjoy them on special occasions.

Listed below is the nutritional reality of this cheesecake recipe:

Each slice (8 per cheesecake) contains 367 calories and 25 grams of fat.

For comparison, a slice of original cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory is 707 calories and 29 grams of fat (according to both www.livestrong.com and www.calorielab.com).

For a healthier version, I have swapped the sour cream topping with Fage Greek yogurt with cherry. I mix the contents of two 5.3 oz containers in a bowl to create the topping. The flavor of the yogurt is a great compliment to the cheesecake (a.k.a. super yummy!). This changes the nutritional information to (according to www.fageusa.org320 calories and 20 grams of fat per slice.

Next time I make a cheesecake I will try low fat cream cheese and sour cream and report back on how it turns out.

Share your opinion about the cheesecake or your own favorite recipe.

Comments

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bill on said:
Love cheesecake, I haven't had in a while - especially the homemade kind. Looks delicious!
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This does look great! But with the combination of Cream Cheese, Eggs and Sour Cream, this looks like a Cholesterol/Calorie Bomb! But what a way to go...
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Sienna21 on said:
Thanks for the feedback! I can honestly say I had never before considered the nutritional content of the cheesecake because I had only ever had it on special occasions. I added all the math together and created a new section with the nutritional information and an alternative to the sour cream topping to make it slightly healthier.

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