Homemade Cheesecake Recipes

Glazed Homemade CheesecakeSlice of Homemade Strawberry Glazed Cheesecake
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These homemade cheesecake recipes are easy to make. They are perfect for lovers of old fashioned, rich-tasting cheesecakes. They are best made in a leak-proof springform pan, but you can adapt them to a deep-dish pie pan or cake pan if needed. The cheesecakes may continue to bake for a short while after they've been taken from the oven, because of their density, and require time for cooling.


Mom's Homemade Cheesecake Recipes

Basic Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 Egg yolk, slightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavor

Combine first 3 ingredients. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and blend well. Pat 1/3 of dough on bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan (sides removed). Bake at 400°F about 8 minutes, or until golden in color. Remove from oven and let cool. Now attach sides to bottom of pan, butter sides, and pat remaining dough on the sides to a height of 1-3/4 inches.

Cheese Filling:

5 to 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavor
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 or 5 eggs (about 1 cup)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup whipping cream

Let cheese soften at room temperature, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Beat until creamy, then add vanilla. Mix next 3 ingredients, slowly blend in. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beat after each just to blend. Gently stir in cream.

Turn filling into crust-lined pan. Bake at 450°F for 12 minutes. Reduce heat to 300°F and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Loosen sides with spatula after cooling 1/2 hour. Continue cooling for an additional 2 hours. Glaze with pineapple or strawberry, or dust with powdered sugar.

Strawberry Glaze:

1 pound fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

About 2 hours before serving, hull strawberries and arrange whole berries on top of cheesecake in whatever manner desired, while saving some for the glaze.

To make the glaze for this homemade cheesecake recipe, slice the remaining berries and add them to sugar and lemon juice in a pot over medium heat. Bring to boil. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tablespoonfuls of water, then stir into berry mixture. Let cook while stirring for 1 minute, until mixture thickens.

Strain glaze over a bowl while pressing on the berry pieces with a spoon. Allow the glaze to cool, then brush onto strawberries using a pastry bush. Chill glazed cheesecake for 1 hour before serving.

Whipped cream piping may be used to further decorate your cheesecake, if desired.

Pineapple glaze may be made in a similar fashion.

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

Pumpkin Cheesecake SliceEnjoy a Slice of Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake
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Crumb Crust:

1-1/2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/3 cup butter, melted

Combine crumbs, pecans and butter in a bowl. Press dough onto bottom and one inch up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350°F for just a few minutes, until done. Remove from oven and let cool.

Cheese Filling:

2 8-ounce (250-gram) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Method:

Combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla, until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mix well. Reserve 1 cup of batter, setting it aside. Add remaining sugar, pumpkin, and spices to remaining batter and mix well. Spoon the pumpkin and cream cheese batters alternately over crust. Gently cut through batters with a knife for a marbled effect.

Bake at 350°F for 55 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan, using a sharp knife dipped in hot water. Cool completely before removing rim of pan. Chill before serving. Decorate with whipped cream piping, if desired.

Easy Cheesecake Recipe with Graham Crumb Crust

No Bake Graham Crust:

3 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup Graham crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar

For this homemade cheesecake recipe, combine all ingredients as listed above. Press into bottom of greased 9-inch springform pan. Chill for 10 minutes.

Filling:

1 pound cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cheese until light and fluffy. Add eggs, sugar, and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Stir in sour cream. Pour batter on top of chilled crust. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 350°F or until cheesecake is puffed and trembles slightly when shaken.

Topping:

1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the topping, combine all ingredients as listed above. Spread carefully over cheesecake. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight and top with fresh fruit or a favorite pie filling before serving.


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