A few weeks ago I made my second cheesecake ever. It turned out awesome. It didn’t even crack. After the Lace Cookie disaster I promised myself I wouldn’t post a recipe unless I had 100% confidence that the recipe was correct and do-able. Having only made this cheesecake once I am a little afraid to post it. However, because this recipe was pretty easy, and it didn’t crack I decided to post it anyway. I think the original cheesecake recipe is from Cooking Light, but this is my interpretation and I totally made up the crust recipe.
Cinnamon Graham Cracker Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons melted butter
 Preheat oven to 400°.  In a bowl mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon.  Add melted butter and mix together with a fork.  Press mixture into the bottom and 1/2 – 1 inches up the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan.  Bake at 400° for 5 minutes.  Cool on wire rack or counter.
3 (8-ounce) blocks original cream cheese, softened
2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (8-ounce) carton sour cream
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 Reduce oven temperature to 325°.  Beat cream cheeses with a mixer at high speed until smooth.  Combine 1 cup sugar, flour, and salt, stirring with a whisk.  Add dry ingredient mixture to cheese mixture and beat well.  Add sour cream and beat well.  Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in vanilla extract.  Pour cheesecake mixture into prepared pan with cinnamon graham cracker crust.  Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched.  Leave cheesecake in oven for about an hour. If your spring-form pan isn’t non stick run a knife around outside edge before letting it cool.  Then remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. About an hour  Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
You can also put this cheesecake in a hot water bath while baking. Hope you enjoy. Let me know if anyone tries it.