I have always wondered what made New York style cheesecake different from other cheesecakes. After searching for a good recipe...I am still baffled. What makes it New York? If anyone has any idea please clue me in because according to the plethora of recipes I found, there really is no one component that makes it "New York Style."
Sorry for the ranting, this has been on my mind for a while now...
And now, the recipe! I have recently fallen in love with Joy of Baking. It's a great site where the recipes come with videos, photos, and explanations. Plus, you can download an application on your phone that will allow you to see recipes and save ingredients to a grocery list. How cool is that? Technology is really blowing my mind these days.
Please check out the site for the New York Cheesecake recipe and to get a great video of how to make it! The original recipe calls for a 9-inch springform pan. I only have a 10-inch, but the volume is still about the same and so it is okay to use either. You might just need to shorten the baking time a little. This cheesecake looks absolutely amazing and ridiculously rich. I can't wait to try it tomorrow night!
New York Cheesecake (adapted from Joy of Baking)
2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
32 oz Regular Cream Cheese
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup regular sour cream
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Grease a 10-inch springform pan. Place plan on a baking sheet. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and make sure the rack is in the center of the oven.
2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Pour crust into your springform pan and press evenly over the bottom and about 1 inch up the sides. Cover and refrigerate while making the filling.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Then, lower the oven temperature to 250 degrees and continue to bake for another 60-90 minutes. The cheesecake is done with it looks firm, but the center looks a little wet and wobbly. When done, remove from the oven to cool.