Ultimate Cheesecake

For the Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the Filling:

  • 5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons All-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375 degreesF.

In a 2-quart mixing bowl, toss together crumbs, butter and sugar with a fork until moistened. Place mixture into a 10″ springform pan and press mixture evenly over bottom and up side of pan with a fork or your fingers.
Bake crust until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool.

Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F.

In large bowl of electric mixer on medium speed, combine cream cheese, sugar, corn starch, flour, lemon zest, orange zest and vanilla. Increase speed to high and mix until until blended.
Add eggs and egg yolks one at a time, beating until smooth, scraping bowl occasionally with spatula. Add cream and beat on medium-high speed until blended..

Pour filling into prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 250 degrees F. Bake 1 hour longer or until center is set but not firm. Remove to wire rack and cool 2 hours. With back of spoon, spread sour cream evenly over top of cake to within 1/2 inch of edge. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

2 Comments so far »

  1. Hilda Beach said

    December 30 2008 @ 12:08 pm

    Hi Great cheese cake but what do you do with the cornstarch? I put it in the filling but it got lost on the what to ad and when.

  2. Chef Rick said

    December 31 2008 @ 9:01 am

    Thanks, Hilda. You’re the only one who caught that in the last 10 years! I fixed it.

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