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Classic NY Cheesecake

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Servings: 16
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts / Strawberry


16  each  Graham crackers
1/2    Stick butter, softened
1  tablespoon  Sugar

40  ounces  cream cheese, softened
1 3/4  cups  Sugar
3  tablespoons  All-purpose flour
1  teaspoon  Grated lemon peel
1/4  teaspoon  Salt
1/4  teaspoon  Vanilla
5  large  Eggs
2  large  Egg yolks
1/4  cup  Sour cream

2  pints  Strawberries
1  cup  Water
1/2  cup  Sugar
1 1/2  tablespoons  Cornstarch
3  drops  Red food coloring

1. Crust: Add all ingredients into food processor. Blend well. Put in 10" springform pan. Press evenly on bottom and 1/2 up the sides.

2. Filling: Beat cream cheese in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl occasionally. Gradually add sugar, flour, lemon peel, salt and vanilla, beating constantly. Add eggs and yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides once or twice. Mix in sour cream; the mixture will be thin. Pour into crust lined pan.

3. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 500 degree oven for 8 minutes or until top is golden. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees and continue to bake for 1 hour or until the center jiggles slightly. Remove to wire rack and cool in draft-free place at room temperature for 3 hours or overnight.

4. Remove sides of springform. Make desired glaze and spread evenly over top of cheescake as directed. Refrigerate until serving.

5. Strawberry Glaze: Slice 1 cup of the berries and place in a medium sized saucepan with the water. Bring to a boil over moderate heat and cook for 2 minutes. Push berries with spoon through a strainer placed over small bowl; scrape bottom of strainer to remove all pulp. Return berries to saucepan and stir sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Stir in food coloring. Cool to lukewarm.

6. Slice remaining berries in half and arrange in concentric circles over top of cake. Spoon warm glaze over berries, letting some of the glaze drip down the sides of the cake. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

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