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Easy Cheesecake Recipe

This is the best and one of the easiest vanilla cheese cake recipes that I make at Tastebuds. We  top  it with strawberries, Caramel or Chocolate Ganache. The key to this cheesecake or any, for that matter, is the water bath that you bake them in.

Crust:

2 cups  graham crackers

1 stick   butter

Cake:

1 lb    cream cheese

3        eggs

1 cup  sugar

1 pint  sour cream

1 tsp   lemon zest

1 tsp   vanilla extract

Preheat oven 350, spray bottom of a 9 in spring form pam. Wrap outside with aluminum foil.

Using a food processor pulse graham crackers until fine. Melt butter, mix into ground graham crackers and press firmly into bottom of spring form and refrigerate.

Place cream cheese into electric mixer fitted with the flat beater. Mix cream cheese until smooth and no lumps are present. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl intermittently. Add sugar. Add sour cream until well combined. Add lemon zest and vanilla.

Pour batter into spring form. Place inside pan and fill pan 2/3 of the way up with water.

Bake for 1 hour or until set but still has a little wiggle in the middle.

Refrigerate until cool before serving.

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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