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Vanilla Cheesecake


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  • Author: SouthernShelle

Description

A classic cheesecake combination-- vanilla cheesecake and graham cracker crust.  The perfect canvas to build a dessert masterpiece!


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 20 graham crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter cooled
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt.
  • 4 8 oz packs of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar together. 

  2. Press the crumbs into a 9-inch spring-form pan. 

  3. Bake the graham cracker crust for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the wire rack. 

  4. Lower oven temperature to 325ºF degrees. 

  5. Add the cream cheese and granulated sugar to a large mixing bowl.  Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until completely combined and no gritty texture remains. 

  6. Mix in the eggs one at a time on low speed.  Be careful not to over mix the eggs.  

  7. Add in the vanilla extract and the heavy cream, mix until just blended. 

  8. Set a kettle to boil with 6 cups of water. 

  9. Wrap the cooled graham cracker crust in 2 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Take care to make sure there are no seams on the bottom of the pan.  Wrap the pan in the crockpot bag (for extra insurance), taping the bag to the pan to fit securely. 

  10. Place the wrapped pan into a larger pan and carefully pour the boiling water into the larger pan—try not to splash!

  11. Bake the cheesecake for 60- 70 minutes. The cheesecake is done when the center is just set and a little wobbly. 

  12. Turn off the oven and crack the door open.  Let the cheesecake cool in the oven (and water bath) for 45 to 60 minutes. 

  13. Remove cheesecake from the oven, and remove the cheesecake from the water bath.  Let cheesecake cool at room temperature on a wire rack for a couple hours before covering and refrigerating overnight.