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New York Cheesecake

New York CheesecakeThe typical New York cheesecake is known for its rich, smooth and creamy consistency. It is usually consists of cream cheese or sour cream, eggs and a crust or base made from crushed biscuits. Whether this cheesecake should be classified as a cake, a custard, a torte, or something else is a matter of debate.

New York Cheesecakes are served with fresh fruits or drizzled with fruit or chocolate sauce. Here is a quick and simple recipe for New York Cheesecake.

1 x 250g pkt plain sweet biscuits
125g unsalted butter, melted
750g cream cheese, at room temperature
215g (1 cup) caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
2 tbs plain flour
4 eggs
1 x 300ml ctn sour cream
120g fresh or frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 160°C. Line the base of a 23cm (base measurement) spring-form pan with non-stick baking paper.

Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add the butter and process until well combined. Transfer to the lined pan. Use a straight-sided glass to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base and side of pan, leaving 1cm at the top of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Meanwhile, use an electric beater to beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and lemon rind in a large bowl until just combined. Beat in the flour. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until combined. Stir in the sour cream until just combined.

Pour the cream cheese mixture into the base. Place the pan on a baking tray and bake for 1 1/4-1 1/2 hours or until just set in the center. Turn oven off. Leave the cheesecake in oven, with the door ajar, for 2 hours or until cooled completely (this will prevent cheesecake from cracking). Place in the fridge for 4 hours to chill.

Cut into wedges and serve with the raspberries.

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