Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Thinner Slice of Junior's Cheesecake

Sam had a blast throwing everything in the mixer and witnessing all these ingredients turn into a creamy yummy lick-off-the-paddle treat after he had fun controlling the kitchen aid speed. I just used a store-bought graham cracker crust to avoid the "baking the crust" and "cooling crust" steps. But this was a delicious recipe that I'd definitely use again. I halved the original Junior's recipe. So here is the halved version with the filling that makes a 1 in thick cheesecake in a pie dish vs a 2 1/2 in. thick cheesecake in a springform pan. I served it with fresh berries.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Filling

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese (the regular variety not light Neufchatel cream cheese), at room temperature
1/2 cup + 5 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 extra-large eggs
6 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions for the Cream Cheese Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 5 Tablespoons of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 mintues, then beat in the other package of cream cheese.

3. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining1/2 cup of the sugar, then beat in the vanilla and heavy cream. Blend in egg until completely blended.

4. Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the graham cracker crust. Place the pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1/2 way up the sides of the pan. Bake the cheesecake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour.

5. Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.


Blogger Julie said...

Yum. I love that you made it more pie sized, and especially love that Sam helped. Maybe I'll add this to the next co-cooking with Elisha session.

I'm still so inspired by your crazy cookies for Jer though. I'm trying to get up the nerve to decorate but in classic Julie style I feel like I need to buy lots of fun tools and accoutrements first :)

29 July, 2009 22:46  

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