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Original "Philly" Cheesecake

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Servings: 10
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts

1  cup  Graham Cracker Crumbs
3  tablespoons  Margarine, Melted
24  ounces  Cream Cheese, Softened
3/4  cup  Sugar
5  tablespoons  Lemon Juice
1 1/2  teaspoons  Grated Lemnon Peel
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
3  Large  Eggs, Separated

Combine crumbs and margarine; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F., 10minutes. Combine cream cheese, sugar, juice, peel and vanilla, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust. Bake at 300 degrees F., 45 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill. Top with cherry pie filling or fresh fruit, if desired.

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