Unleash your inner baker with our Heavenly Indulgence: The Unsurpassably Scrumptious, Light Cheesecake. This dessert is sure to captivate your senses with its velvety texture and delightful flavor. Resembling a fluffy cloud of cream cheese, this cheesecake is the epitome of decadence. Whether you’re looking to impress at a dinner party or satisfy a personal craving for a gourmet dessert, this cheesecake is an ideal choice. Follow this comprehensive guide to recreate this divine dessert in your own kitchen.
- 2 ⅔ cups (8oz/225g) Graham cracker crumbs
- 8 tablespoons (4oz/115g) butter, melted
- 4 ½ cups (2lbs 4oz/1015g) cream cheese
- 1 cup (8oz/225g) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 5 large eggs at room temperature
- ¼ cup (1 ¼oz/35g) all-purpose flour
Begin by preparing the crust. Combine the crushed graham crackers and melted butter in a mixing bowl. Stir until the mixture reaches a consistency resembling wet sand.
Transfer the crust mixture to a springform pan, pressing it evenly across the base. Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the filling.
For the filling, use room temperature, brick-style cream cheese for optimal consistency. With an electric mixer or hand whisk, blend the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add the zest and juice of one lemon to the cream cheese mixture, along with the vanilla extract. These ingredients will provide a delightful burst of flavor to your cheesecake.
While continuing to mix, add the eggs one at a time, allowing each to fully incorporate before adding the next.
Finally, add the flour to firm up the cheesecake. Mix until just combined.
Retrieve your crust from the refrigerator and pour the filling over it. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180C).
Place the cheesecake in the middle rack of your oven. On the lower rack, place a tray of water to regulate the temperature and prevent cracking. Bake for 70 to 80 minutes.
After baking, allow the cheesecake to cool completely in the pan before refrigerating for several hours, or preferably, overnight.
Serve your Heavenly Indulgence: The Unsurpassable Scrumptious, Light Cheesecake as it is, or with a few cherries on top for added visual appeal and a burst of fruity flavor. This cheesecake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, leaving your guests begging for seconds. Happy baking!