New York Style Cheesecake

  • 15 graham crackers, crushed, 2 tablespoons butter, melted, 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 4 eggs, 1 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan

  • In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan

  • In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust

  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving

  • Cheesecake tips:

  • 1. Do not substitute spreadable or reduced-fat cream cheese for the solid block of cream cheese, as they are different formulations and your cheesecake might fail to set properly.
    2. Cream the cheese with an electric mixer until it is soft and contains no lumps. If no electric mixer is on hand, use a wooden spoon to cream the cheese.
    3. Whisk the flour and sugar together to prevent flour lumps. If the recipe you are following calls for additional dry ingredients (such as salt or cocoa powder), stir them into the sugar and flour mixture as well. Pour this mixture into the cream cheese and scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to incorporate the ingredients and prevent lumps from forming.
    4. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Stir in flavorings and any other liquids. The mixer should be on a low speed to limit the amount of air incorporated into the mixture.
    5. If too much air is whipped into the mixture, the cheesecake will puff up while baking and sink in the center, the texture may be grainy, and air bubbles will mar the surface of the cheesecake.
    6. The texture of the finished batter should be smooth and glossy. Carefully remove the electric mixer's bowl from the mixer. Don't scrape batter on the mixer's paddle into the smooth filling: batter on the paddle and at the very bottom of the bowl may contain lumps of cream cheese. If your filling does contain lumps, you can pass it through a sieve or pulse it in a food processor to smooth the batter.
    7. To add candies, chocolate pieces, or fruit to the cheesecake, fold in the garnish with a spatula or wooden spoon before pouring the mixture into the prepared pan. Pour the batter into a springform pan lined with a crumb crust, or into muffin tins lined with foil or paper liners for individual cheesecakes. To make a marble filling, pour a fruit or chocolate.
    8. Double wrap spring form pan with foil and bake in water bath to prevent cracking.