Classic Cheesecake Recipe

Classic cheesecake involves a series of steps, from preparing the crust to mixing the filling and finally baking or chilling the cake. Here’s a detailed, step-by-step cheesecake recipe, including both the ingredients and the method. After the description, I will generate images to visually guide you through key steps of the process.

Ingredients

For The Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling

  • 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) sour cream
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) heavy cream

Equipment

  • 9-inch springform pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Oven

Instructions

Prepare the crust

  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs with sugar, and blend in melted butter until the mixture is well combined and moistened.
  2. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan, ensuring an even layer.
  3. Bake at 325°F (163°C) for 10 minutes, then allow to cool.

Making The Filling

  1. In a large bowl, beat the softened cream cheese with sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next.
  3. Stir in sour cream and heavy cream, mixing until the filling is smooth and well combined.

Assemble And Bake

  1. Pour the filling over the cooled crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  2. Bake at 325°F (163°C) for about 55-60 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is still slightly wobbly.
  3. Turn off the oven, slightly open the door, and let the cheesecake cool inside for 1 hour.

Chill

  1. After cooling, remove the cheesecake from the oven and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Decorating and Serve

Once chilled, remove the classic cheesecake from the springform pan and decorating top on with powdered sugar, a ripe strawberry, and a mix of fresh berries, slice and serve and enjoyed

Nutrition Overview

The nutritional content of a cheesecake can vary significantly depending on the specific ingredients and portion size. However, I can provide a general overview of the nutritional values for a standard slice of cheesecake (approximately 1/12th of a whole cheesecake). Keep in mind, these values are approximate and can vary:

  • Calories: 350-450 kcal per slice
  • Fat: 25-35 grams, with a significant amount of saturated fat due to the cream cheese and heavy cream.
  • Carbohydrates: 20-30 grams, primarily from sugars and the crust.
  • Sugars: 15-25 grams, depending on the amount of added sugar.
  • Protein: 5-7 grams, coming from the eggs and cream cheese.
  • Cholesterol: 100-150 mg, mainly from the eggs and cream cheese.
  • Sodium: 200-300 mg, depending on the ingredients used.
This overview provides a recipe of the nutritional profile of a classic cheesecake. For those monitoring their intake of calories, fats, or sugars, cheesecake is typically considered a treat to be enjoyed in moderation. Adjustments can be made to create lighter versions, such as using low-fat cream cheese or substituting some of the sugar with alternative sweeteners.

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