Sour Cream Cheesecake
|Graham cracker squares||35 , crumbled|
|Unsalted butter||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), melted (plus additional, for brushing the pan)|
|Sugar||1 Tablespoon (If using Honey Graham Crackers then omit the sugar.)|
|Cream cheese||20 Ounce (at room temperature)|
|Sour cream||1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs) (at room temperature)|
|Sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Vanilla extract||1 Tablespoon|
|Eggs||2 (at room temperature)|
|Yolks||3 (at room temperature)|
|Half and half||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (at room temperature)|
|Strawberry||1 (for garnish)|
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Brush some of the melted butter around a 9 by 3-inch cake pan. Place parchment paper to the bottom and the sides.
In a small bowl, combine crumbled graham crackers, the remaining melted butter, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of the parchment-lined pan and to the sides and bake for 10 minutes. Let it cool.
In a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat sour cream for 10 seconds. Add the cream cheese and sugar and mix on low for 30 seconds and then turn up to medium. Scrape the bowl.
In a separate container, combine vanilla, eggs, yolks, and half and half. With the mixer on medium, slowly pour the liquid mixture in. Stop and scrape when half of the mixture is combined. Continue adding the mixture until the rest of the ingredients are incorporated. Once completely combined, pour into the cooled crust.
In the meantime, bring a pot of water to a boil.
Set the 9 by 3-inch prepared cake pan into a larger oven safe pan (preferably a roaster) and pour the boiling water into the larger pan until the water level reaches halfway through the 9 by 3-inch cake pan. This is called water bath.
Lower oven temperature to 250 degrees F and bake 1 hour and 40 minutes. Turn the oven off and open the door for approximately one minute. Close the door for one more hour. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and place in the refrigerator for 6 hours to completely cool before serving.
Unmold onto serving dish. Garnish with a strawberry. Enjoy as is or with chocolate or strawberry sauce.
1) To slice the cake, place your knife into a hot water and wipe dry each time you make a cut through the cake.
2) Baking temperature varies depending upon the age of oven. You need to bake atleast for an hour without opening the oven door and then you can adjust the time.
3) If you do not have a mixer you can surely prepare this cheesecake using a bowl and whisk to combine all the ingredients but care should be taken not to over beat the mixture.