For Cory's birthday yesterday I made a New York cheesecake topped with fresh mango and strawberries. Initially I had wanted to make something more complicated but we ended up spending a lot of time looking through recipes unable to decide which one we felt like trying. Some recipes sounded amazing but were definitely out of my comfort zone since they require endless ingredients or techniques that likely call for a fair bit of trial and error before perfecting. I wanted to make something relatively easy and sure to please and New York cheesecake was the obvious choice! I have made this recipe on a few occasions in the past and it has never disappointed; it's creamy, rich, not too sweet and will compliment any topping to your liking.
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 3/4 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
- Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.
Tips to avoid cracks:
- Use room temperature ingredients for a smoother batter.
- Do not over-mix the ingredients! The less air incorporated into the batter the better because as the cake is baking the air expands and causes the cake to rise. Expansion will cause the cake to crack and sink in the middle.
- Grease not only the bottom of the pan but the sides too. While the cake is cooling the sides will pull away and you want to prevent as much sticking as possible.
- Wrap the outside of the pan in foil and bake in a water bath.