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Special Occasion Cheesecake Recipe

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This recipe for Special Occasion Cheesecake, by , is from Susan Marie's Kitchen, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Kathleen Rains
Added: Wednesday, November 19, 2008



2 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 16 double
1/2 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sour cream
1/3 c. sugar
Topping: (optional)
1 1/2 lb. frozen sliced strawberries ( 3 c.)
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix ingredients for crust and line 9" springform pan with mixture, going 1" up sides. For filling, mix first four ingredients until smooth and pour into crust. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Mix sour cream and 1/3 c. sugar, pour over hot cheesecake and bake 10 minutes more. Cool to room temperature. For topping, thaw berries and drain well, reserving juice. Refrigerate berries. Stir together cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice and reserved berry juice. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until thick and clear. Cool, then
combine with berries. Spread on top of cooled cheesecake. Chill at least 4 hrs. May be made a
day ahead.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
10 -12
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This recipe has been part of our Christmas Day celebration for the past ten years and has also been requested for birthdays, graduations, bridal and baby showers. The topping is optional and I must confess never to have made it though it does sound very tasty. Given that the cheesecake is so deliciously decadent, the topping would only be gilding the lily. Be prepared to share the recipe when you serve this one!




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