I have a confession.
My grandmother taught me all about cheesecake. I spent many hours in her kitchen, making different types of cheesecake (and random things dipped in chocolate). One day she reluctantly wrote down her famous cheesecake recipe for me to use at home.
But I was young and stupid. I lost the recipe.
I’ve spent most of my adult life trying to recreate her recipe and I think I’ve finally found a combination that would make her proud.
(from a mixture of difference cheesecake recipes I’ve collected through the years)
9″ Round cheesecake
5 graham crackers, crushed
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, optional*
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine crushed graham crackers and brown sugar. Add melted butter and stir until mixture is moist. Spray a spring form pan with cooking spray. Press graham cracker mixture into bottom of pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add flour and salt. Mix in optional whipping cream* and vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each addition.
Pour over already prepared crust. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until middle no longer wiggles.
Allow to cool. Refrigerate over night.
Top with what ever you wish. I used canned blueberry pie filling for this particular cheesecake.
*A little trick I’ve learned from all my cheesecake making. Don’t add heavy whipping cream if you want a really heavy, dense cheesecake (just like grandma use to make). Add only a 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream if you want a less dense version, but still with a good cheese flavor. Add the whole 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream if you want the type of cheesecake that just melts off of your fork (which is what I used for this blueberry cheesecake).
I usually tweak the whipping cream to go with what I’m topping the cheesecake with. With fruit, I like a light and fluffy cheesecake. With chocolate, I like a heavy cheesecake.