Classic Cheesecake Recipe with Graham Cracker Crust
I’ve been making cheesecake since I was 14 years old. It’s one of those dessert recipes that is incredibly comforting, so rich, and absolutely delicious.
Like any dessert, there is a time commitment involved in making cheesecake because of the cook time and the cooling times, however I can promise that once you make this classic cheesecake recipe from scratch it will absolutely bring a smile to whomever eats it.
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Ingredients for this Recipe:
For the Crust:
• 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
• 5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
• 1 tablespoons sugar
• pinch of sea salt
For the Batter:
• 2 ½ pounds softened cream cheese
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 5 eggs
• ½ cup sour cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Cool Time: 3 hours
1. Preheat the oven to 325°.
2. Add all of the crust ingredients to a food processor and pulse on high speed until a meal is formed.
3. Transfer to a 9” or 10” spring form pan and form it to the bottom of the pan to form the crust. Set aside.
4. Next, add the cream cheese, sugar and flour to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and mix on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft and smooth. Scrape at least once.
5. Mix in the vanilla followed up by adding in 1 egg at a time until completely mixed in.
6. Turn the speed down to medium and mix in the sour cream. Stop and scrape and mix for an additional minute.
7. Pour the batter over top of the crust in the spring form pan and then wrap the outside of the pan in foil.
8. Place the pan in rectangle cake pan and place on the bottom rack of the oven.
9. Pour in enough warm water to fill the pan up to the ½ way mark.
10. Bake at 325° for in between 90 and 105 minutes or until the tops is browned and the center is barely jiggly.
11. Remove from the oven and let cool in the water bath for 45 minutes. Remove from the foil and water bath and cool completely in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.
12. Use a knife to remove the outside of the cake from the spring form pan, then remove the outer part of the pan, slice and serve with optional garnishes of whipped cream, fresh berries and chocolate sauce.
• I like to use the backside of a measuring cup to press in the graham cracker crust.
• Eggs and fat don’t mix naturally so when you mix it in 1 at a time until it is completely mixed in, it guarantees that all of your ingredients are mixing together. Take your time with this process.
• You can also remove the cake from the outside of the pan using a knife right after it is done baking. If you are doing it after it is chilled, heat the knife you are using up under hot water.
• STORING AND FREEZING: When storing this classic cheesecake in the refrigerator just be sure to cover it in plastic to not pick up and funky fridge smells. Eat before the 6th say or freeze it. Believe it or not cheesecake freezes excellently so absolutely cover in plastic and freeze for up to 2 months. Be sure to thaw before eaten or eat frozen for cheesecake ice cream!