Cheesecake with Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping
Yeild: 12 Servings
1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (I buy whole graham crackers and make my own crumbs)
1/3 cup melted butter
1-1/4 cups sugar (divide for use)
24 ounces cream cheese (you can substitute light cream cheese)
1 dash salt
2 teaspoons vanilla (divide for use)
1-3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 pound Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping (optional but a great addition)
Make graham cracker crumbs using a food processor (blender will work). It will take 10-12.
Add 1/4 cup of the sugar.
Add melted butter.
Put in the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan or a deep dish pie plate. You can press in place with a spoon or pat down with clean hands.
Place in refrigerator while you are preparing the filling.
In a mixer or food processor, beat eggs, then cream cheese and all but 3 tablespoons of sugar. Add salt and 1-1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Beat at medium speed about 4-6 minutes.
Fold in Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping.
Pour into the pan over the graham cracker crumb crust.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Cool 30-40 minutes before you add the sour cream topping.
Put the 3 remaining tablespoons of sugar into the sour cream. Add 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla.
Spread on top of cheesecake.
Bake 10 more minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate.
Chill before serving.
Be careful not to brown the top of the sour cream. It should be firm but white when you remove it from oven.
Garnish with Homemade Confections Gourmet Topping.
Use the same crust ingredients, but add 4oz. of dark chocolate to the butter or replace the graham crackers with crushed Oriel Cookies.
You can also add one ounce of Chocolias, Irish Cream or Tina Maria to the whipped cream on topping for a tan finish.
Enjoy! Word to the wise: cut your slices small, this is one rich dessert!
– Maralyn D. Hill, President of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.