January 7, 2013

Super Easy, Super Creamy, Plain Cheesecake

If there's any dessert that tops them all for me, it might have to be a creamy slice of cheesecake.  Whenever my family goes to the Cheesecake Factory, I sit there and drool over all of the different kinds on display - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Caramel Pecan Turtle - alright, I better stop - it's making me hungry just thinking about their cheesecake! As much as I love all those fun flavors, sometimes I just want a plain slice of cheesecake.  

One of my best friends made this strawberry cheesecake recipe without the strawberries, and it was amazing! So creamy and delicious!  It's now my go-to plain cheesecake recipe, and it's really easy to whip up.  


Word to the wise - don't even try using low fat or fat free cream cheese in hopes of making a little less fattening dessert.  I made that mistake once, and it came out with a rubbery texture.  Some things in life are just meant to be on the unhealthy side! 

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumb
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
3 softened packages cream cheese (8oz packages)
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 eggs


Directions:
1. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan and put it in the refrigerator while you mix the other ingredients.

2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

3. Beat the cream cheese in a large mixing bowl until it's light and fluffy. Beat the condensed milk in. Add the lemon juice and eggs with the beater on low until it's just combined.

4. Bake at 300 degrees for about 45-50 minutes or until the center is almost set.

5. Cool it for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then run a butter knife around the edge of the pan carefully to loosen it up. Let it cool for one more hour and refrigerate it overnight. This is optional, but I used raspberries around the top just to give it a special look!  

I hope you enjoy it! 

Love,
Caitlin 

13 comments:

  1. looks delicious, I will have to try it soon! btw love the new header!

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    1. Thanks so much! :) I felt like mixing it up!

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  2. I agree with Brooke, I love the new look! Very fresh and crisp...does that even make sense? Anyway, I love to bake. And Steve's very favorite dessert is cheesecake. And in 21 years of blissfully happy marriage I have NEVER made a cheesecake! I don't know how. So I thank you. And Steve thanks you, too! : ) I am going to give this a try soon!

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    1. I am so surprised you've never made it even though you make so many other treats for your family! I hope you both enjoy it!! :)

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  3. THIS is my favorite cheesecake recipe. Definitely my go-to and I make several variations throughout the year using this as a base. Very creamy. Practically no fail. It is very easy to add a fruit swirl or another flavor. I had to check this out after seeing the title since cheesecake is my favorite dessert to make... and I found an old friend...lol. :)

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    1. It really is the absolute best! I haven't found a better one yet!

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  4. Looks yummy! If I am eating cheesecake, it must have chocolate though. Even when I go to the Cheesecake Factory. Your picture makes me think I should branch out my taste buds and be more daring:)

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    1. I like cheesecake with chocolate best too...although I like anything with chocolate best! :)

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  5. I want to make this tomorrow for the Ronald McDonald House! This may seem like a silly question, but do I need to use a spring form pan for this?

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    1. Not silly! Yes - 8.5 or 9 inches. If you don't have one, you can borrow mine! Just send me an email! :)

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  6. Thank you so much. I am going out to target to buy one in case it turns out well for me and I want to make it regularly :-) Thank you for the recipe! I will let you know how it turns out.

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  7. Cheesecake was a HUGE success! The families loved it and begged for more (next time I will have to make two!) It was gone before they even finished eating their dinner.

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