Cheesecake (The Original)

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups digestive crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup melted butter

FILLING:

  • 4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs

TOPPING:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 245°C. Place a large pan filled with 1/2 inch water in oven.
  2. Make crust: Mix digestives and cinnamon; add margarine. Press crust onto bottom and 2/3 of the way up a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment. Wrap a large piece of foil around bottom of pan. Freeze until filling is prepared.
  3. Make filling: Use an electric mixer to mix cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy. Scrape down sides of bowl. Whisk eggs in a bowl; add to cream cheese mixture. Blend just until eggs are incorporated.
  4. Remove crust from freezer and pour in filling. Carefully place cheesecake into preheated water bath. Bake for 12 minutes; turn oven to 175°C and bake until top of cheesecake turns golden, 50 to 60 minutes. Remove cake to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Make topping: Combine sour cream and sugar; spread over cake. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
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