Home cooking for a new generation. Easy and elegant recipes from the heart and soul created for today's family. Beef stew recipe included.
By Sharon Fox
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
... - 2 T brown sugar
- 3 T melted butter
- 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature, softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or lemon)
- 1 tbsp. flour
Find a heat-resistant dish that will fit into your crock pot for the cheesecake. You are going to create a water bath. I used a 1.5 qt Corning Ware dish and it fit nicely into 6qt oval crock pot. I tried a round cake pan in a 4 qt round, and that fit too. (I prefer the oval crock pot though)
In a plastic zipper bag, beat the animal crackers into crumbs with a rolling pin. Put a cup of the crumbs into a medium bowl, and add melted butter and brown sugar. Stir until it's wet and crumby. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the dish you are going to use.
In a separate bowl, cream the cheese, sugar, eggs, flour, cream, and vanilla with a hand-mixer. Pour the cheese mixture on top of the crust.
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water to the bottom of your crock pot. Lower the dish inside, being careful not to slosh water into your cheesecake.
Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours. Check after 1 hour, just in case. The cheesecake is done when the edges are no longer shiny and have set. Touch lightly to see that you don't get a bunch of stuff on your finger---then you know it's done. My cheesecake wasn't perfectly set in the middle, but I unplugged the crock anyhow.
I cooked it for exactly 2 hours. Let the cheesecake sit in the cooling crock pot for an hour, before removing and transferring to the refrigerator. Chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours before cutting and serving.
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This was printed in the March 11, 2012 - March 24, 2012 Edition