Classic Cheesecake

 But be warned – this cheesecake recipe is addictive!


2 pkg (each 8 oz/250 g) cream cheese
3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
1 Pinch salt
3 cups (750 mL) sour cream

1 cup (250 mL) graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, melted

Strawberry sauce
fresh Mint sprigs


1. Crust: In bowl, stir together crumbs, sugar and butter until well moistened; press onto bottom of lightly greased 8- or 8-1/2-inch (2 or 2.25 L) springform pan. Centre pan on large square of foil; press up to side of pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Let cool.

2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese until softened. Gradually beat in sugar; beat for 3 minutes or until smooth and light, scraping down bowl twice. Using low speed, beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down bowl often. Blend in lemon juice, vanilla and salt, then sour cream. Pour over crust.

3. Set springform pan in larger pan; pour enough hot water into larger pan to come 1 inch (2.5 cm) up side of springform pan. Bake in centre of 325°F (160°C) oven for 1-1/4 hours or until shine disappears and edge is set yet centre still jiggles slightly. Turn off oven. Quickly run knife around edge of cake. Let cool in oven for 1 hour. Remove from water and transfer to rack; remove foil and let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Serve with sauce and garnish with mint.

Strawberry Sauce
1 cup (250 mL) hulled fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries
2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice

In food processor or blender, puree together strawberries, sugar and lemon juice; strain through sieve into bowl. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Servings: 12

Nutritional Info

approx. per serving

  • cal372
  • pro7 g
  • total fat27 g
  • sat. fat16 g
  • carb27 g
  • fibretrace
  • chol127 mg
  • sodium238 mg
  • %RDI
  • calcium
  • iron
  • vit A
  • vit C
  • folate


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