Cheesecake ( don chaney's )

Yield: 1 Cake

Measure Ingredient
6 tablespoons Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 tablespoons Sugar
2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
24 ounces Cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup Sugar
3 larges Eggs, at room temperature
½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 cups Sour cream
½ teaspoon Vanilla
3 tablespoons Sugar

CRUST

FILLING

TOPPING

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix crust ingredients. Press into springform pan on bottom and sides.

Mix filling ingredients and pour into pan. Make sure all ingredients are room temperature. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until slightly browned.

Remove cake from oven and increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F.

Mix topping ingredients and gently spread on top of cake. Return cake to 500 degree F. oven for five mins. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature, and chill overnight. Serve cold.

NOTES:

* Ultimate cheesecake -- This recipe is the original creation of a co-worker, Don Chaney. I consider myself a cheesecake gourmet, and I rate this recipe as 8½ out of 10 (However, there are no 10s). The recipe is so simple, I almost feel guilty serving it.

* Variations: Crush some walnuts into the crust. Pour a can of cherry or blueberry pie filling over the chilled cake, then chill again. Put about 2-3 T of your favorite liqueur into the cake filling.

: Difficulty: easy to moderate.

: Time: 10 minutes preparation, 40 minutes baking, overnight cooling.

: Precision: measure the ingredients.

: Brian G. Gordon

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