New York Cheesecake Recipe

Why go to the Cheesecake Factory to get a taste of this favorite dessert when you can make your own cheesecake at home with this recipe?

I once brought two of my aunts to watch a Broadway musical that featured one of my favorite Broadway singers.

They were really happy to go with me because it’s probably the only thing about “my generation” that they understood. I told them it wasn’t really “my generation’s” things. I told them I couldn’t even understand some of my generation’s things. But good music is something that everybody appreciates regardless of age, and broadway music definitely falls under that category.

My aunts enjoyed the musical so much that they were still ecstatic when we went home. My uncles didn’t come with us. They just accompanied them while I took them out on a date.

My husband and I watched with amusement as they narrated with gusto what happened in the musical to my uncles who looked like they wanted to bolt right then and there. We were rewarded with a New York cheesecake the next day with a note that says, “Bring us to another musical thing!”

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups (one pint) sour cream, room temperature
  • 4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

DIRECTIONS

  • Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan. This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie. Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy. Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat thoroughly about 2 minutes.
  • Pour into the prepared springform pan and place it in a roasting pan (or another pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching. Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
  • Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean. Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours. Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled. For best flavor and texture, this cheesecake is best chilled overnight.