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Pure and Simple Cheesecake for Your Holiday Table

1,2,3, Cheesecake!

Cheesecake is the thing I get the most requests to make for gatherings.  If you try this recipe I promise you will see why!  This delightful, dense, and creamy cheesecake is purely simple to make.  It’s another one of those three ingredient wonders…Three ingredients for the crust and three ingredients for the cake itself.  To make the crust use one package (about 9 crackers) of graham crackers with cinnamon,  3 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons melted butter and for interest I sometimes throw in a handful of nuts…sometimes walnuts, sometimes almonds if I have them on hand. 

Preheat oven to 300°.  In the processor, pulse crackers nuts, and sugar until finely ground, then add melted butter and pulse until well mixed.   It helps in the removal process to place a circle of parchment cut to fit in the bottom of your spring form pan first.  Pour crumb mixture into the pan or pie plate and compact the mixture evenly on the bottom.  For the cake you’ll need 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 3  eight oz. packages of cream cheese brought to room temperature (1,2,3, easy).   Blend these with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth.  This mixture will be quite thick.  Pour over the graham cracker crust and smooth with a spatula until top is level.  Bake for one hour watching in the last 15 minutes for browning of edges.  If edges are browning reduce oven temperature 25 degrees and continue to bake the rest of the hour.  Cool completely and place in freezer, pan and all, until frozen through.  If in a pie plate thaw one hour before serving.  If in a spring form pan remove form carefully releasing sides with a slender knife if necessary.  Lift cake off the bottom by slipping a knife between the pan and parchment.  Carefully peel parchment off and place cake on a decorative plate or cake round covered in foil.    You will secure an invitation to many future parties if you bring a dessert like this!

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