Creamy Vanilla Cheesecake

Another winning recipe from my Aunt Rachel. She makes it with out the crust and it is as delicious if not better (and non-gebroksts).

A “sliver” of this cheesecake and a cup of coffee is my breakfast almost every morning on Pesach. If I’m craving something a little fruity, I will spread a little  fruit jelly (usually fig or blueberry) on my slice for extra delicious decadance.

Crumb Crust:

8-12 piece matzos

½ cup light brown sugar packed

1 stick unsalted butter or margarine, melted

Cheese Batter:

¾ cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla sugar

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 lb. farmer cheese

8 oz. sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round pan with parchment paper.

Using a food processor, grind the matzo into fine crumbs add the brown sugar and pulse a few times more. Transfer to bowl and stir in the melted butter. Pour the matzo mixture into the bottom of your prepared round pan. Using your fingers press down on Matzo mixture to create a thick crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a mixer on medium speed, combine all cheesecake batter ingredients together until creamy and smooth. Pour all cheese batter onto the matzo crust. Bake for 45 minutes.

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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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