Let me start off my saying cheesecake is not cake, it is indeed a pie.

"Cheesecake is a large family of sweet, cheese-based pies. Cheesecakes are generally made with soft, fresh cheeses. Other ingredients such as sugar, eggs, flour, and cream are often mixed in as well. Typically, the filling covers a crust, which may be pastry, cookie, or digestive biscuit."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesecake

The following Cheesecake is a recipe based off the recipe from the show Good Eats. I simplified it a bit, and made it fit the common size the ingredients come in. Its VERY rich and EXTREMELY high in calories. So don't read any further if you happen to like cheesecake and happen to be on a diet. I'll just leave out the part where its going to be the best cheesecake you will ever eat...

Step 1: Collect ingredients

1 Spring form pan (glass Pyrex or ceramic/porcelain cookware works too. read later step)
Parchment paper

2 packages Graham Crackers
1 Stick butter
1 tablespoon sugar

3 packages of cream cheese (24oz)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon French vanilla extract (you can add regular vanilla extract instead)
2 whole eggs
3 egg yolks (save the whites for angle food cake)
1/3 cup heavy cream (half-n-half works if you can't find heavy cream/ whipping cream)

Here's a copy of the recipe here. Print it out in notepad if you plan to make the cheesecake.
<p>well it would have looked nicer had I smoothed the ganache topping a bit. See the choc cheesecake here on Instructables to get the recipe for ganache.</p>
<p>This was a good cheesecake. It is the creamy version, not the thick NY style. I suppose I could have baked it longer, but I baked it until it was a bit jiggly in the center, as instructed, and after the hour in a turned off over, the center was solidified. It was delicious! You could use some grated fine lemon zest in place of the vanilla if you like. I wanted to top mine w choc ganache so didn't want the lemon flavor. I used the recipe for the ganache from the one here w a choc cheesecake. It was perfect! And put this one in a choc crust. Thanks!! even though I had to sub canned milk for the whipping cream, it was delish!</p>
Very good recipe! <br> <br>Just made it last night...high altitude baking and I whipped the hell out of it before putting it in the oven. Lots of air = better insulated = it didn't FULLY solidify in the middle. It's still VERY gooey after a night in the fridge - I'm confident it's cooked enough safe to eat, but it's not the same consistency throughout; outer ring is almost crumbly, center is like a mousse. <br>Still a great recipe - just err on the side of over-baking to make sure its fully cooked
Not supposed to whip it
I made it Christmas day, it is in frig, will add review tonight. Stores all closed yest so i had to used canned milk in place of the cream.
&nbsp;If you aren't too squeamish you can do it even easier. Crack the egg and empty the whole thing into a bowl. With your fingers slightly spread, just slightly mind you, scoop up the yolk while letting the white slip between your fingers back into the bowl. Using this method I haven't broken a yolk and always end with only whites great for a&nbsp;meringue.
<p>Or you can use a water bottle and squeeze the bottle over the yolk and it sucks it right up! :D here is a video of where I got that...</p><p><a href="http://webmail.austin.rr.com/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.youtube.com%252Fembed%252FiAp8pEaWB1Y&hmac=1b2706ff0555ac4c0bf28b3628f9be87" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/embed/iAp8pEaWB1Y</a></p>
im not to squimish its just eser to use the shell
As an Aussie, my definition of pie is <br>pastry + filling + pastry lid + baking = pie<br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie<br>Yup! Wiki agreed!<br><br>When I looked at your link, it says nothing of a cheesecake being a 'pie'! <br>Problem with Wikipedia, is that ANYONE can update it!<br>but reading on...<br>The early Greeks, from whom the form originates, considered it a cake. Some modern authors point to the presence of many eggs, the sole source of leavening, as proof that it is a torte. Still others claim that the separate crust, the soft filling, and the absence of flour prove that it is a custard pie.[10]<br>..would have thought that the fact there is no custard in cheesecake probably eliminates the 'others' claim though.<br>But anywhoo..nice cheesecake recipe! Love cheese cake..and I'm definitely going to try your recipe!
Fun Fact: The strawberry is not even a berry, it is a berry-like accessory fruit.
I just made this today for a friends birthday. I added one table spoon of cocoa powder with the sugar and cream cheese to make it slightly chocolaty, I also added some diced strawberries to the yolk mixture so they would be distributed well. The pie was excellent.
must eat
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Enjoying a cheescake here in Amsterdam at the Instructables restaurant. Love it! Good crust, great topping! Thanks for that!
i was just about to yell at you for spamming the carp out of this guy, but then i realized these are all different people who were at the instructables restaurant, never mind :P
no not for me this one
add a bit of raspberries! Will make it even better...
I don't know how you did it, but the taste is just right!! Great recipe!
yeah, love this competition. Maaaan I'm in heaven
Yummy!!!! great stuff this cheese cake competition! Keep up the good work!
De boven kant vond ik lekker maar de 'cheese' binnen in niet zo.
De gewone vond ik het lekkerst omdat ie het meest op cheesecake lijkt, de andere 2 zijn meer toetje, de mandarijn was wel een erg lekker toetje de Nutella vond ik niet lekker, te blubberig, sorry
zeker de beste van de drie. Consistentie klopt en smaak is goed. `lekker, A/s
not daring enough. no bottom :(
Hmmmm...heel erg lekker! Allemaal erg lekker en maar net waar je behoefte aan hebt maar deze in de ochtend.. zo'n 11 uur , HEERLIJK! Marte Barends
The nutella didn't really taste like cheesecake, and was too sweet. The mandarin was light and refreshing, but again not really cheesy enough and too much biscuit. The winner for me was very definitely the cheesecake. Very good consistency, cheesy and not at all sweet. Could have eaten a lot more of it!!
The true trick is to use an egg no older then four days.... the White should never be watery, but stiff. Great sabayon, tiramisu or chocolate cream will be yours....
way to soggy
It's needs more lemon
I like! nutella too sweet, mandarin too creamy...
this one is YUMMY!! could be a little bit more tart but the consistency of the cheese filling was lush :-P
or wright it if you dont have a printer
&nbsp;I can't wait to try this!!
&nbsp;Oh if you do make your own extract please make an instructable!
looks good :P ... oh yeah by the way cheese cake is cake hence the term cheese &quot;cake&quot; if you don't agree then i guess we will agree to disagree XD .<br />
Cheesecake is indeed a pie, not a cake. But I probably wouldn't eat something called... Cheesepie. <br />
I disagree because of the name but would rather not get into a fight..<br />
hitokiri_808;<br /> I know you don't use the water bath method anymore but to keep the cheescake dry, wrap the outside of the springform pan with aluminum foil before putting it in the water.<br /> This recipe looks awesome; I'll be making it for Christmas day.<br />
That's a pretty good idea, never thought of doing that.<br />
youre cheesecake recipi is great but my first time makeing it i dropped the batter and made it thin but it&nbsp;still tasted great
&nbsp;thanks for the recipe! i haven't eaten it yet, its for my fiance's bday tonight! he likes stormtroopers, so i used fondant and pimped out the cheesecake kinda lol. &nbsp;inside is blue and purple. &nbsp;pic -&nbsp;<a href="http://i50.tinypic.com/10dh4xf.jpg" rel="nofollow">i50.tinypic.com/10dh4xf.jpg</a>
It looks awesome. How you enjoy it.<br />
&nbsp;i am not a fan of cheesecake and i thought it was pretty good :) he loved it, so that is what matters! :D thank you :)
looks good if only pictures were eatable
where did this Instructable go from cheese cake to beans
great tip its very helpful
Good recipe, but it's not a pie either. It's custard.
Cheesecake is a custard pie.
No, it's really not. A "Cheesecake" Doesn't even need a crust, one is just applied traditionally. Pie is an entirely different animal usually without a cohesive filling and (with a few exceptions) both an upper and lower layer of crust. Still it's tasty, and I did not nean to detract from your effort.