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The Dish with Anita: Cheesecake

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - This is a basic cheesecake recipe that is simple yet elegant enough for company. It needs no more than a topping of sliced fresh fruit or mixed berries. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Filling:

3- 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, r/t

1 cup sugar

3 tbsp flour

3 lg eggs r/t

1 cup sour cream r/t

1/4 cup Half & Half

1 tbsp fresh lemon zest

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp vanilla extract

* Make crust portion of recipe first.(see recipe below)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place cream cheese, sugar and flour in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium until smooth, about 5 to 7 minutes; periodically scrape down sides and bottom of mixing bowl and add eggs one at a time, completely mixing after each egg.

Add sour cream, Half& Half , lemon zest , juice and vanilla extract. Once the mixture is smooth and completely combined, pour into prepared crust (see recipe below). Bake in a 325 degree oven for 55 minutes (if using a dark metal pan, reduce heat to 300 degrees). At the end of the baking time turn oven off leave cheesecake in the oven until oven cools completely. Remove cheesecake from the oven and chill in fridge for 20 minutes before spreading sour cream topping over the cheesecake. Continue to chill for about 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Topping:

1 cup sour cream

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Place all ingredients into a bowl stir with a whisk to spread over top of completely cooled cheesecake.

Crust

2 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers or Nilla wafers

2 tbsp sugar

4 tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp almond extract

Instructions:

Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir with a fork to combine. Spray the bottom and sides of a spring form pan with a light coating of non stick cooking spray. Pour crumb mixture into pan and use your finger to gently press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of the pan (the crust does not need to come all the way up the sides).

Place pan on a baking sheet place in oven and bake for 10 to13 minutes. Remove and cool slightly before filling.

Cooking Tip:

* Serve with fresh fruit such as mixed berries or fresh peaches.

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