Blue Ribbon Cheesecake

We know why this is called the Blue Ribbon Cheesecake - it has all of the qualities of a winner! This basic cheesecake is a great place to start if you're a newbie to baking your own cheesecakes. The recipe went together quickly, lofted nicely, and tasted just how we thought a cheesecake should taste. Taken from The Cheesecake bible by George Geary.

Yield: 12 servings
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  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  • 9-inch (23 cm) cheesecake pan, ungreased, or springform pan with 3-inch (7.5 cm) sides, greased
  • CRUST:
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (300 ml)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (50 ml)
  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 oz/250g each)
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar (300 ml)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (45 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (5 ml)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (125 ml)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 ml)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( 2 ml)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced (500 ml)


  1. 1. Crust: In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of cheesecake pan and freeze.

  2. 2. Filling: In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until very smooth, for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Mix in lemon juice and vanilla.

  3. 3. Pour over frozen crust, smoothing out to sides of pan. Bake in preheated oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool on the counter for 10 minutes (do not turn the oven off). The cake will sink slightly.

  4. 4. Topping: In a small bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into center of cooled cake and spread out to edges. Bake for 5 minutes more. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before decorating or serving.

  5. 5. Decoration: Top with sliced strawberries when completely chilled.

  6. Tips:
  7. Zest lemons and limes before juicing and freeze the zest for another recipe.

  8. This cheesecake freezes well for up to 4 months before decorating. Defrost in the refrigerator the day before use and then decorate.

  9. Variation:
  10. If fresh berries are not available, spread 1 cup (250 ml) strawberry preserves on top.
March 2010

This recipe is a personal recipe added by BrendaWoodford and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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