Simply Delicious New York-Style Cheesecake

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“This wonderful cheesecake recipe is from Emeril Lagasse with a few modifications to the crust. One of the secrets to a successful cheesecake that does not crack is to avoid over mixing the batter. The zest adds such a great flavor and it really is simply delicious.”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter & 2 tbsp sugar, mixing well.
  3. Press onto bottom of a 10 inch springform pan, pressing up sides slightly.
  4. Bake in preheated oven about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. In large mixing bowl using an electric mixer combine cream cheese, 1 3/4 cup sugar, zests and vanilla extract beating until light and creamy.
  7. Add the flour, eggs, yolks, sour cream, vanilla bean seeds and bourbon and mix just until smooth.
  8. Pour mixture into the prepared springform pan.
  9. Wrap the pan with heavy duty foil and place in a roasting pan.
  10. Fill the roasting pan with enough hot water to come half way up the sides of the pan.
  11. Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
  12. Remove from oven and remove from water bath.
  13. Remove foil and place on counter until it comes to room temperature.
  14. Place in refrigerator overnight or at least 6 hours.

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