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Old Fashioned Cheesecake


Top this old-fashioned cheesecake with a fruit glaze, whipped cream, or pie filling.


  • Crust:
  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • .
  • Filling
  • 5 packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 400°. Mix 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cut in 1/2 cup butter. Stir in egg yolk. Shape dough into a ball. Press 1/3 of the dough into bottom of a 9- or 10-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool. Increase oven temperature to 500°. Grease sides of the springform pan and line sides with remaining dough.

Prepare filling. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Mix together the 1 3/4 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons all purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, orange and lemon peel, and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients to cream cheese, beating until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in heavy cream. Pour batter into the springform pan. Bake for 12 minutes at 500°. Without opening oven door, reduce temperature to 200°. Bake for 1 hour longer. Cool on rack. Loosen sides of cooled cake; remove sides. Top with dollops of whipped cream and fresh fruit or use a strawberry glaze or a pie filling for topping.

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