Cheesecake

Cheesecake Filling

Ingredients:
2 pounds softened cream cheese (four 8 ounce bars)
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 eggs
One 9-inch spring form/round pan, bottom buttered, lined with a round of parchment
Directions:

1. Set a rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees.
2. Using a paddle attachment on your mixer (if it has one), beat the cream cheese smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape the mixing bowl and beater/paddle.
3. Add the sugar in a stream, mixing until just combined. Stop and scrape.
4. Add the vanilla extract and lemon juice. Mix only until absorbed. Stop and scrape.
5. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing only until each is absorbed. Stop and scrape after each addition.
6. Pour the filling into the pan over the crust , and place the pan in a jelly-roll or roasting pan filled with water to a depth of 1/2 inch.
7. Bake the cheesecake for about 60 minutes, or until firm except for the very center. Remove from the pan.
8. Cool completely. Wrap the cheesecake in plastic or foil and chill overnight before unmolding.

Cheesecake Crust

Chef Malgieri suggests using the following curst and its variations

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

One 9-inch spring form/round pan, bottom buttered, lined with a round of parchment
Directions:

1. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the yolk until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and gently fold them into the butter mixture with a rubber spatula. The mixture will be crumbly.
3. Press the dough down evenly and firmly to cover the pan bottom, which has been buttered and lined with a round of parchment paper.
4. Bake for about 15-20 minutes at a low temperature (325 degree preheated oven), until the dough is golden and baked through.

Variations:
Crust with almonds: Add 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) finely chopped sliced or slivered almonds to the dry ingredients

Crust with pecans: Add 1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely chopped pecans to the dry ingredients.

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