New York Style Cheesecake with Blueberry or Strawberry Topping

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons AP flour
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Blueberry or Strawberry Sauce
  • 3 pints strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brandy

Method

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Butter a 9" springform pan Combine crumbs with butter and sugar and press into bottom of pan. Bake until golden about 8 minutes. Cool. Butter the sides of the pan.
  • Increase oven to 500F.
  • In an electric mixer bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, zests and vanilla beating with the paddle until light and creamy. Add flour and eggs one at a time. Add sour cream and mix until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • In an electric oven, turn the oven off. In a gas oven, lower to temperature to 200F. Don't open the oven and bake for 1 hour more. Cook the cake on a cooling rack and then refrigerate for several hours before serving.
  • Strawberry Sauce: Combine all ingredients and cook about 10 minutes. Cool completely before topping cheesecake with sauce.
  • Blueberry Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar; 3 tbsp. cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups water; 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice; 2 tbsp. Grand Marnier; 1 1/2 tsp. orange zest; 1 1/2 cups blueberries; 1 1/2 tbsp. butter.

Notes

  • Combine everything to up to and including the orange zest. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add the blueberries and cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Add butter and stir until melted. Cool completely until pouring over cheesecake.SOURCE: Adapted from Food Network

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