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The Ultimate Cheesecake

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  • Preparing The Crust:
  • 1. In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter; stir to combine.
  • 2. Press crumb mixture into a 9-inch springform pan. Chill 30 minutes
  • Making The Filling:
  • 1. Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat cream cheese for 2 minutes; add sugar.
  • 2. Gradually add flour; mix until combined. On low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time, until just blended.
  • 3. Add sour cream, lemon peel and vanilla; beat until just blended. Pour into crust. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven; cool for 15 minutes.
  • 4. Meanwhile, beat egg whites until frothy; add sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Fold in sour cream until blended. Spread on top of cake.
  • 5. Return cake to oven; bake until topping is set,not browned, about 20 minutes. Turn off oven; let cheesecake sit for 1 hour with oven door ajar. Place cake on wire rack to cool completely.
  • Making The Topping:
  • 1. Using tip of a knife, score a " ying-yang" design on top of cheesecake.
  • 2. Place preserves in microwave-safe bowls. Microwave on HIGH until preserves are thin, about 45 seconds.
  • 3. Spoon preserves onto each half of design. With back of spoon, spread preserves to fill each section.
  • 4. Arrange fruit on top of cake. Chill until ready to serve.


Use a smooth measuring cup to help press crumbs evenly against sides and bottom of springform pan. Use any kind of fresh fruit you want.

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