Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ultimate Cheesecake

I must say...Donna (My Tasty Treasures) has one of my favorite blogs! Not only are her recipes fabulous, but she is very much her own person and provides my daily entertainment! She's so "real" and while she may rub some people the wrong way, I very much respect her individuality :) I've never been disappointed by a recipe that Donna has posted, so I knew this cheesecake had to be wonderful. Besides, everyone seems to be raving about Tyler Florence! Normally I'm not a huge fan of lemon, but the lemon in the filling mixture was a great addition! I searched high and low for my springform pan that I was sure I had purchased, but was unable to find it. I ended up making the cheesecake in a round cake pan, so my picture is not near as pretty as Donna's! I also am wondering if I didn't need to bake the cheesecake just a tad bit longer, because it didn't seem to firm up as much as it should have. This is definitely a recipe I will make again and I look forward to trying different toppings! I used fresh strawberries (mixed with sugar), but I bet it would be great with cherries, too! (Again, please excuse the picture, as it was taken pretty late at night and the lighting in my house is just awful!)

Ultimate Cheesecake

2 cups finely ground graham crackers,
about 30 squares
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 stick butter, melted

1 pound cream cheese, softened, (2) 8oz blocks
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 lemon, zested (I only "zested" half of the lemon)
Dash of vanilla


For the crust:
Preheat oven to 325. In a mixing bowl, combine crust ingredients with a fork until evenly moistened. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8 inch springform pan with non stick cooking spray. Pour the crumbs into the pan and, using the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crumbs down into the base , and 1 inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 5 -10 minutes.

For the filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Gradually add sugar and beat until creamy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add sour cream lemon zest, and vanilla. Periodically scrape down the sides of the bowl and beaters. The batter should be well-mixed but not over beaten. Pour the filling into the crust lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula.

Set the cheesecake on a large piece of aluminum foil, and fold up the sides around it. Place the cake pan in a large roasting pan and pour boiling water into the pan until the water is about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. This foil will keep water from seeping into the cheesecake. Bake for 45–50 minutes. The cheesecake should still jiggle. It will firm up after chilling. Be careful not to overcook. Let cool in pan for 30 minutes. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours at least. Loosen the sides of the cheesecake by running a knife around the inside rim. Unmold and transfer to plate. Spread on your choice of topping or eat plain.

Source: My Tasty Treasures


  1. Ive always been intimidated to try making my own cheesecake - you make it look so easy! Great photos!

  2. Looks (and sounds) great! I've never been disappointed in one of Donna's recipes either!

  3. I love Donna's blog too - a breath of fresh air somedays! This cheesecake looks great - I'm going to have to try it.

  4. I'm also a donna fan and thought this looked great. yummy :)

  5. I am a huge Donna fan, well, she is my sister but she is a great cook and the best person I know. Your cheesecake looks really good.

  6. Yummmm....cheesecake! Looks fab!

  7. Cheesecake is awesome! I saw this recipe while going over Donna's blog the other day (again...also a big fan) and thought that I should give it a try. I almost never make "plain" cheesecake, but I think this looks pretty darn good!

  8. Rachel- Thank you.. you made my night with your sweet words:). I am so glad you liked the cheesecake and I think it looks fantastic!

  9. I love Donna's blog too! This cheesecake gets rave reviews and I've been wanting to try it badly. I need to go buy a springform pan!! Your cheesecake looks delicious and I bet your family is enjoying it daily. I would be eating it breakfast, lunch and dinner : )

  10. mmmmmmmmm...Looks so yummy this morning!

  11. Oh I will have to try this!! Thanks for stopping into my world! It looks so good!

  12. Two very true things in this post.

    1. Tyler Florence really does have fantastic recipes.

    2. Donna's blog rocks!

    I'm impressed you managed to unmold a cheesecake without a springform pan. Bravo for having your slices still come out that nicely!

  13. I looove cheesecake! And I love Donna's blog too!

  14. Delicious!! How can you not love Donna ;) ...or cheesecake for that matter.

  15. I'm a fan of Donna too, she is so fun!

    This looks like an incredible cheesecake. I love the lemon/strawberry combo!