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New York Style Cheesecake 

350°F Oven
Serves 10 - 12

Ed's Cheesecake
This is a delicious, traditional cheesecake. Fresh fruit slices, whole berries and fruit glazes may be used as toppings.
12 Graham Crackers
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 4 or more pieces
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
4 packages
(8 ounces each)
Philadelphia Brand® cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 large eggs
11/3 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. Adjust oven rack to center position. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. With metal blade in place, crumble graham crackers into bowl of food processor, breaking each into about 4 pieces. Pulse on and off until crackers become fine crumbs.
  3. Add butter and confectioners' sugar. Pulse on and off several times, then process until butter is absorbed into mixture.
  4. Press crumb mixture firmly against bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Set aside.
  5. Reinsert metal blade and add 2 packages cream cheese and 2 eggs to bowl. Process, pulsing on and off, until mixture is creamed.
  6. Repeat without removing creamed ingredients from bowl, using 2 packages of cheese and 2 eggs.
  7. Add remaining egg, sugar and vanilla. Process until thoroughly mixed.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 55 to 60 minutes. Let cool thoroughly on wire rack, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Cheesecake usually is better when prepared a day ahead of time.

To avoid cracking of the cheesecake during cooling, make sure that all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing. Also, it may help to let the cheesecake cool for the first few minutes in the oven with the heat off and the door propped open.

Cutting a cheesecake can be messy. Try using a length of dental floss stretched between you hands instead of a knife.