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Classic American Cheesecake

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“This recipe was adopted from a former member ( Mean Chef) who no longer frequents Zaar. Its a delicious recipe that I am delighted to have inherited.”
READY IN:
32mins
SERVES:
12-16
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Brush a 9-inch springform pan generously with melted butter.
  3. For crust: Melt butter, stir in cookie crumbs and sugar.
  4. press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading evenly with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake until lightly toasted- about 13-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. For the cheesecake: In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on low speed until soft and smooth.
  8. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and continue beating until light and creamy- 3-4 minutes.
  9. Add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth and scraping down the sides after each addition.
  10. Stir in zest.
  11. Pour batter into springform pan and bake until done (center will be slightly jiggly)- 1-1 1/2 hours.
  12. Turn oven off and leave door slightly open for 1 hour.
  13. Transfer to refrigerator and chill overnight.
  14. Remove sides of springform and cake on pan base.

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