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"The Original" Old-Fashioned Cheesecake

Yield 16 to 20 servings


  • 1 (6-ounce) package zwieback toast, crushed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 4 cups small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) carton commercial sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine toast crumbs, 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, and butter; mix well. Firmly press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9- inch Spring-form pan; set aside.

  2. Place half of cottage cheese in container of an electric blender; blend until smooth, turning blender off every 15 seconds to scrape sides with a rubber spatula. Repeat procedure with remaining cottage cheese.

  3. Combine cottage cheese and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients, beating until fluffy.

  4. Pour mixture into prepared crust. Bake at 325° for 1 hour. Turn oven off. Leaving oven door closed, allow cheesecake to remain in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven, and let cool to room temperature. Loosely cover, and refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of Springform pan before serving.

  5. Alternate Method: To prepare cheesecake using a food processor, position knife blade in food processor bowl; add cottage cheese. Process 3 to 5 seconds. Stop processor, and scrape sides of bowl with a rubber spatula. Process 3 to 5 additional seconds or until cottage cheese is smooth and creamy. Add cream cheese; repeat processing procedure until mixture is smooth and creamy.

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