October 15, 2010

CM's Basic Cheesecake, Crust & 4 yummy alternatives

Ok heres the deal. I'm pretty sure this makes 2 cheesecakes...maybe 3. No its 2. Its 2 HUGE cheesecakes. I'm serious people. They're HUGE. But they are the best cheesecakes you'll ever taste. Yes its from that elusive restaurant in Chico where I used to work. Enjoy!

CM's Basic Cheesecake Base
3lbs cream cheese
3 eggs
1 1/2c sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Whip cream cheese till smooth.
  • Add 1 egg at a time until smooth.
  • Add all other ingredients 1 at a time, till its smooth each time.
  • At this point you can also make this into one of the AMAZING variations at the bottom.
CM's Basic Cheesecake Crust:
1lb unsalted butter (cubed)
5c. Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Mix in food processor with short bursts.
  • Press in spring form pans (12" spring form pans) about 1/4" thick.
  • Toast in 350 F oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.
Baking CM's Cheesecake:
  • Preheat your oven to 375 F. 
  • Place a water bath on the lower rack of the oven (a 9x13 filled with as much water as possible).
  • Spray oven with water bottle (spritz bottle with warm water into warm oven), don't spray your light bulb!
  • Fill crust.
  • Put cheesecake into oven on the rack directly above the water bath.
  • Bake 25 minutes.
  • Turn oven down to 325 F.
  • Bake an additional 45-50 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven.
  • Let cake stand in oven 1-2 hours.
  • Chill overnight.
  • Slice & Enjoy!!! (Top with berries, chocolate, caramel, etc)
CM's Cheesecake Variations

Espresso Chip Swirl:

  • Using about 1/2 of the basic batter recipe!
  • Add 3 shots of espresso to 1/2 of the above batter & mix well.
  • Put 1/2 of the now espresso batter into the bottom.
  • Top with 1/2 the plain.
  • Top with 2c mini chocolate chips.
  • Top with rest of the espresso batter.
  • Top with the remaining plain batter.
  • Swirl carefully with a knife.
  • Bake as directed.

White (or Dark) Chocolate Raspberry:
  • Add 2c. of raspberries
  • Add 1.5c shaved or chopped chocolate
  • Swirl through batter.
  • Add 2 baskets of berries
  • Swirl through batter
  • Bake as directed
  • Add 1c. of finely chopped walnuts to 2c. of the crust mix before baking the crust.
  • Add 32oz of pumpkin to the batter.
  • Add freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves.
  • This is not a swirl recipe it is totally pumpkin.
  • Bake as directed.

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