Tuesday, April 6, 2010


This is an adaptation from the Cheesecake Factory recipe for their original cheesecake.  Both Kevin and I thought that the different varieties and quantities of nuts were a bit much.  I made this using all vanilla wafers.  One tip...make sure to remove the cheesecake when the center is a bit jiggly in the middle.
         1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
         1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
         1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 
         3/4 cup finely chopped vanilla wafer
         2 tablespoons melted butter
         1 1/2 lbs cream cheese 
         1 1/3 cups sugar
         5 large eggs
         16 ounces sour cream
         1/4 cup flour
         2 teaspoons vanilla extract
         2 teaspoons lemon juice

Crust: Mix all nuts and vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter and press into a 9 inch buttered springform pan, trying to line the sides as much as possible about 1 1/2" up the sides of the pan, set aside.

Cheesecake: All above ingredients should be at room temperature before your begin.
1.  Start by beating the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
2.  Keep the mixer on a low setting throughout the beating and mixing process.
3.  Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy.
4.  Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg.
5.  When eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add flour, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well.
6.  Add the sour cream last and beat well.
7.  Pour cream cheese into the spring pan.
8.  Place on the top rack in the middle of a 325 degrees preheated oven for one hour and 15 minutes.
9.  When time is up, prop open oven door and leave in oven for one hour.
10.  After one hour, remove from oven.
11.  Let cool enough before the cheesecake is put into the refrigerator for 24 hours.

A cheesecake should season. The wait is worth it.  The flavor ripens and becomes enriched.


  1. I will be sure to share this recipe with David. He has been looking for a cheese cake recipe and knowing you loved this one; I know we will as well!


  2. I love your new blog format! So much easier to navigate and to quickly locate recipes. Great job Steve!!!!!



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