Nana's Famous Cheesecake
 
Ingredients
  • CRUST:
  • 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • FILLING:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • TOPPING:
  • 1½ cup sour cream
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla*
  • cherry pie filling, optional
Instructions
  1. FOR THE CRUST: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9" cake pan or springform pan. Mix together the crust ingredients. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  2. FOR THE FILLING: Mix the cream cheese till soft and creamy. Add eggs, sugar & vanilla. Beat till creamy. Pour onto crust. Bake for 25 minutes (the center should look almost set).
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: When the cheesecake is done baking, remove from the oven & increase the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the sour cream, sugar & vanilla. Pour over cheesecake and bake for 7 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the cheesecake cool completely then cover & chill overnight in the fridge.
Notes
*I used a clear vanilla for the topping. If you don't it may tint the topping a darker color. It will still taste great but if you want a pure white, use clear vanilla. The hardest thing about making this cheesecake is remembering to make it the day before you need it. It is not good unless it is fully chilled (overnight is best!)
Recipe by Baked in AZ at http://bakedinaz.com/nanas-famous-cheesecake/