Friday, January 21, 2011

Double-Layer Sourcream Cheesecake -- mmm, mmm, Smmmmexy!

Double-Layer Sour Cream Cheesecake

This wonderful recipe is adapted from the sourcream cheesecake in Joy of Cooking, with a thicker 1/2-inch sourcream top layer, and convenient amounts of sourcream and cream cheese. It's actually quite easy, except that it is baked and cooled in three stages, with the final directions being to chill for 6 to 10 hours -- worth it, even though it is so hard to wait!  If you want it for dinner, you should start it early in the morning.

Step 1: Make the graham cracker crust.

  • Graham crackers, enough to make 1 1/2 cups, one wrapped packet is perfect
  • Powdered sugar, 1/2 cup (it's still good without this, but divine with it!)
  • Butter, 6 Tablespoons, or 3/4 stick, melted 

Break up the graham crackers as you drop them in a blender.

Pulse briefly several times, until the graham crackers are fine crumbs

Dump the crumbs into the pie pan.

Add the powdered sugar and melted butter.

Blend with a fork.

Mush firmly into the pie pan until you have formed a crust. Be as neat as you like. Mine isn't very neat. (^_^)

Bake the crust in a 375 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

Let it cool; about half an hour.

Step 2: Make the bottom layer of the cheesecake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, blend:

  • 2 eggs, beaten well
  • Cream cheese, 2 8-oz bricks
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Fill the pie shell. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool; about an hour. Sprinkle cinammon over the top.

Step 3: Make the sour cream top layer of the cheesecake.

  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, stir together:

  • Sour cream, 16 oz 
  • Sugar, 1/4 cup 
  • Vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
Plop blobs of the mixture over the top of the cheesecake, and use a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for 5 minutes to glaze the top.

Allow to cool, then chill in the refrigerator for 6 to 10 hours. (The hardest part of the whole recipe!)

And now you have it!  mmmm, mmmm, Smmmmexy Cheesecake!!

1 comment:

  1. diabetic coma, here I come. Finally, something worthy of it.