Saturday, November 26, 2011

Company Cheesecake

1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 Tb sugar
3 Tb butter melted
19 0z cream cheese softened (2-8oz and 1-3oz)
1 cup sugar
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 eggs

Heat oven to 350 deg. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and 2 Tb sugar. Mix in butter thoroughly. Press mixture evenly in bottom of 9 inch springform pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cool.

Reduce oven temperature to 300 deg. Beat cream cheese in large mixing bowl. Gradually add 1 cup sugar, beating until fluffy. Add lemon peal and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Pour over crumb mixture.

Bake 1 hour or until center is firm. Cool to room temperature. Chill at least 3 hours. Loosen edge of cheesecake with knife before removing side of pan.