Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Easy Dreamy Cheesecake

This is one of the easiest cheesecakes you will ever make.  Cross my heart.  And forget about all those cheesecake recipes from the past where you had to leave the oven door open for 5 hours after baking for the cheesecake to set. This recipe has an easy baking method that takes all of the scariness out of making cheesecake.  

Y'all might remember from my last post, Country Potato Salad, that I got this recipe from my husband's Navy boss at the time, Chief Wilson. It was a recipe his Mom had given him so I was so grateful when he gave it to me.  He made this cheesecake for every get together (he usually made two).   They were famous in our little American military community in England.  Everyone requested he make a couple of them when we had potlucks.   And I loved it because it was more of a sweet cheesecake rather than tangy.  I have changed it a bit over the years. I added sour cream and flour to the mix to help give it a slightly smoother texture.  Chief always made this cheesecake using premade graham cracker crusts. And most of the time, I do as well.  Every now and then I'll make the crust from scratch so I'm going to include that recipe in here also.
 Ingredients:
For the crust: 
1-¼ cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1/3 cup melted butter

For the filling:
2 blocks (16 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp. sour cream
½ tablespoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
2 eggs

Directions:
You can make the pie crust below, or you can just use a premade one from the store.
If you use a premade one, try to look for the crusts that says "2 extra servings", like the one below. 
If you can't find it, just go with the regular ones. You may just have a tad bit of filling leftover.
Preheat oven to 300F degrees. 

For the crust:
Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter and pack mixture firmly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie pan.  Chill in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.

For the filling:
Mix cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract and lemon juice in a mixer. 
Add eggs one at a time to the mixture and thoroughly combine. The key to getting a really creamy cheesecake is to mix these ingredients together really well until the mixture is kind of thick and smooth (about 4-5 minutes). Pour into pie crust.

Bake for about 65-70 minutes.
Chill in the refrigerator a few hours before serving. 

Optional: top with cherry or strawberry pie filling or drizzle with caramel sauce.
Enjoy!

42 comments:

ravienomnoms said...

Oh how I love cheesecake! YUM

Lizzy said...

This looks wonderful, Brandie! Your son knew a good thing when he saw it :)

Veronica Gantley said...

Gosh this cheesecake looks so creamy and lucious. I end up with cracks in mine. Nothing a bit of strawberry topping wouldnt fix.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Such a cute little extra story at the end :) What kid wouldn't want a big slice of cheesecake? I know I love it!

Katrina said...

Oh how I love your comment about your son and his first table food! Kids crack me up!! My son will pretty much inhale anything I put in front of him (he's 10 months) but I'm trying to slow him down. Isn't that funny? With my first son I was ready for him to be eating like YESTERDAY. WHen this one came along I teared up when I stared spoon-feeding him. Ah, they get so big so fast. Anyway - I think I'd be pretty happy if my first real food was cheesecake!! :) - Katrina

Pretend Chef said...

That is a beautiful slice of cheesecake. It looks so delicious. I have never tried making a cheesecake before. I really need to surprise my guy with one since it's his favorite dessert.

Ang said...

This looks great! I need a good easy cheesecake recipe. It's so intimidating to me whenever I make one.

Also, I'm kind of late but I did comment on your last post and just loved it.

Sandra said...

mmm My favorite..love the photo and looks so so so delicious!!!

Kimberly said...

This looks fantastic! We are all cheesecake lovers here, I love that it was your sons first food! That cracked me up. My son was the same way with food, his first real food was butter loaded mashed potatoes, it's the only thing he liked besides applesauce.

southernlady64 said...

Cheesecake is one of my favorite things and this recipe looks so good. Love your stories!

My Life as the canning wife said...

I love cheesecake!! I don't really bake that much but I will make time for cheese cake any day of the week...:)

Christina said...

I love your stories! Cheesecake has a special place in my heart- my mom makes the same chocolate chip cheesecake ever year for Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving memories that I have are eating her cheesecake. :)

Siggy Spice said...

mmmmmm....cheesecake....(((drool))) must. make.

Elisabeth said...

Brandie-You're absolutely right about being the easiest cheesecake, ever. Fort one thing, it's not a lot of cheese, or eggs involved, it's simple, basic, and made in a pie pan, and also the baking temp. and time is the perfect time, and temp.
Well done...beautiful result!

Becky said...

This is a beautiful cheesecake, and the recipe sounds pretty straightforward and you don't have to bake it for 5 hours. Love the story about your son:)

Kristen said...

It does sound easy and it looks so delicious. My sons all love cheesecake, too.

Lindsey said...

Yum! I love a classic cheesecake over any other fancy flavored cheesecake, and this looks undoubtedly delicious!

Holly said...

Im all about easy peasy!! AND cheesecake!! Mmmmmm

Libby@CookingWithLibby said...

This looks really easy to make! Thanks for the recipe ;) Love the story about your son too :) Sounds like my kids ;)

Happy When Not Hungry said...

This cheesecake looks so creamy and delicious! Yum!

Tiffanee said...

There is nothing better than a good piece of cheesecake. This looks devine. Love the story of your son. It is perfect that it is still his favorite.

yvettesblogs.com said...

A beautiful looking cheesecake, one of my favourite desserts!I don't often make baked cheesecakes if I do there's usually ricotta added. Love the simplicity and flavours of this cheesecake.Lovely! x

A little bit of everything said...

your son must have brighten your day.

the cheesecake looks AMAZING. I'd love a slice, or two.

thanks for sharing Brandie, hope you'll have a wonderful day

Annie said...

I've never made a real cheesecake. I usually leave that up to my sis because she makes the best. This one does look really good and easy though I might have to give it a try!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

How funny that it was your son's first food :) It looks delicious!

Brian @ howtobaker said...

I love cheesecake! And this one is so easy to put together that really helps. I made my own cream cheese this week and have way to much on hand now. Maybe I'll try making cheesecake with it. Thanks for sharing!

Miz Helen said...

I just love this story. The Cheesecake looks so good, a great recipe that wouldn't take all day to make. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

Sprinkled with Flour said...

Mmmm, I've been having a craving for cheesecake, and this wonderful recipe is making it worse! :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Oh how I love cheesecake! I would glady help you eat the whole thing if you like. ;) It looks soooo good!

Mateja ^_^ said...

I have a similar recipe, can't realy remember when I found it but it works every singe time and it is so delicious! Your looks so inviting and yummy, thank you for sharin and wishing you a wonderful weekend :)

Lisa said...

Mmm, I love a good piece of cheesecake. Sounds delish. I hope you'll come by and link it up to Sweets for a Saturday #6. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

I Like To Cook 222 said...

Cheesecake is heaven! Looks great!

The Mom Chef said...

MMMMM, cheesecake. I love the stuff. I love that this is "easy peasy." It looks fantastic.

Mom Photographer said...

looks delicious!!! Going to see you recipe for Peanut Butter Rice Krispies! I've made yesterday treats with Krispies and Peanut Butter but they look totally different. Yours look better :-)

Anonymous said...

Don't feel bad about giving your kid cheescake as a baby. You have to convince their taste buds to start trying new things, right? My daughter's first table food was pumpkin pie, no crust. After that, I could sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice on cooked sweet potato or carrot and she would gobble it up. They're so easy to trick at that age. :-D

Bianca Marzullo said...

THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS!!! I do have a quick questions, though. What exactly do you mean by a mixer? I don't think I have one...will I get the same results if I mix the ingredients for the filling by hand with a whisk? Thanks! Can't wait to try it.

Anonymous said...

I just finished making it!!!! I took a tiny little piece from the side of cheesecake while it was still warm and OMG its so good!!!! Thankyou for this recipe:)

My first cheese cake!!

jessica hollenbeck said...

i have an even easier recipe my family has passed down generations u use 2 8oz cream cheese softened beat will mixer add in 3/4 cup of white sugar and 1 tub 8oz cool whip mix till smooth put into extra serving graham crust and refridgerate till serving add any toppings

Rakhee said...

Hi. I like your recipe cos the number of ingredients are less and we're using huge amounts of cream. But everybody says we should bake cheesecake in a waterbath. Any advise?

Anonymous said...

I made this cheesecake and it turned out perfect! Ive already made it twice this week. :) Such a crowd pleaser. Great recipe!!

Anonymous said...

Looks really good can't wait to try this and really there is nothing unhealthy about it.

Monika said...

Made this for dessert last night for the family and everyone loved it! first time making cheesecake im a happy girl! thanks for the recipe!