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Classic Rich Cheesecake

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Dairy Dairy
Medium Medium
16 Servings
Allergens

This cheesecake is classically delicious and easy – almost sinful! The colorful fruit toppings add pizzazz to your presentation!

For more delicious cheesecakes like this one, see our post The Ultimate Cheesecake Roundup.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons Gefen Cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar

Crust

  • 1 package (1/3 box) honey graham crackers, crushed (9 crackers)

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

  • 1 stick margarine, melted

Topping #1:

Topping #2:

Topping #3:

Directions

For the Crust

1.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix crumb ingredients and press mixture into the bottom of two 9-inch round pans to form crusts.

2.

Bake for 10 minutes and let cool.

For the Filling

1.

Using an electric mixer or hand blender, mix the filling ingredients and pour 1/2 of mixture into the pans, on top of the crumbs.

2.

Bake for one hour in a water bath, and allow to cool in oven until room temperature, or about three hours, to prevent the cake from cracking.

For the Topping

1.

When cheesecakes are cool, pick a topping, and top the cheesecake. Refrigerate.

2.

For Topping #3: Cut stems off whole strawberries, and arrange on top of cheesecake, pointed ends upward. Mix a package of unflavored jello according to instructions and pour over the whole strawberries on the cake.

Credits

Styling and Photography by Chavi Feldman.

Classic Rich Cheesecake

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Fruma Raices
Fruma Raices
1 year ago

2nd half filling Hi
I made the whole recipe by mistake
What can I do with the 2nd half of the filling if I don’t want to cook it tonight? (It’s taking too long to cook in my oven.)
Can I put it in the fridge and cook it tomorrow night?

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So}mouwmin
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Reply to  Fruma Raices
1 year ago

Sure

Daphne Stern
Daphne Stern
3 years ago

Toppings Do I need the topping? Will it be sweet enough without it?

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Eno{moww
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Reply to  Daphne Stern
3 years ago

I’ve been making this cheesecake a number of years with toppings & without. It tastes GREAT without the toppings too.

I apologize for having your question “reported”. It was a mistake. I couldn’t remember how to respond to questions. So I pressed “report” to see if it would get me to this response page & it “reported” your question. I realized afterwards that I had to press on the rectangular shaped speech “bubble” to respond to your question.

So}mouwmin
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Reply to  Eno{moww
3 years ago

No, you do not need the topping.

D. Schiff
D. Schiff
3 years ago

Crust Would I be able to use a store bought graham crackers crust instead of making the crust from scratch? The recipe for the crust in this cheesecake is delicious yet I do find it a bit time consuming. I don’t know if I will have the time or energy this year to make the crust from scratch even though I would love to.

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So}mouwmin
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Reply to  D. Schiff
3 years ago

Yes, you can use store-bought graham cracker crust!

Olga ilyayeva
Olga ilyayeva
4 years ago

Crust Would you be able to tell me how many graham crackers to use for the crust? It says one package (1/3 box) does that mean one of the packs In the box? Like 5 or 6 cookies?

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So}mouwmin
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Reply to  Olga ilyayeva
4 years ago

Yes, one of the packs inside the box- not sure exactly how many crackers that would be.

Leah B
Leah B
4 years ago

Water Bath Hi,
What does it mean when the recipe says to bake in a water bath?

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So}mouwmin
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Reply to  Leah B
4 years ago

Hi, a water bath is when you put your cheesecake pan into a much bigger pan and fill the bigger pan with 2 inches of boiling water. If this is your first time trying it, I would recommend googling it to see pictures exactly how to do it. This is a technique that many people do to try and avoid their cheesecake from cracking. However, it is not a necessary step.

chani kr
chani kr
1 year ago

how much is 3 containers of cream cheese?

chani kr
chani kr
1 year ago

how much is 3 containers of cream cheese?

Raquel Admin
Raquel Admin
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Reply to  chani kr
1 year ago

Each container of whipped cream cheese is around 8 oz.

Fruma Raices
Fruma Raices
1 year ago

Hi
Can this cheesecake be freezed? If yes, with the topping or without?

D. Schiff
D. Schiff
3 years ago

Simple to make & ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS in taste! I have been making this for years! This is my go to Cheesecake recipe. It’s simple to make & tastes ABSOLUTELY E DELICIOUS! Last year for the first time I drizzled Bakers Choice liquid marbleizing chocolate as a topping. (I guess you could melt chocolate on your own & drizzle that too.) It was DELICIOUS. I definitely will use that choice of topping again IYH.