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    The Barn Door Vanilla Cheesecake

    Source of Recipe

    Cream Cheese or Sour Cream

    Recipe Introduction

    Plan to make the cake at least a day before serving; it needs time in the refrigerator to chill
    and set.

    List of Ingredients

    3 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

    24 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
    2 cups granulated sugar
    4 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
    5 eggs

    Sour Cream Topping
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons clear vanilla extract
    1/2 cup granulated sugar


    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

    For Crust: Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a mixing bowl; pour into a 9-inch
    springform pan. (Line the pan with a circle of parchment paper if desired.) With a spoon, pat
    mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

    For Filling: Add softened cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on low speed, adding
    sugar gradually. Add vanilla, then add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly with each addition.
    Pour into crust. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove from oven and set on a rack to cool.

    For Topping: Mix sour cream, vanilla extract and sugar together until smooth. Pour evenly onto
    cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate overnight. (Cheesecake will firm up as it chills. Do not attempt to
    slice it until the following day.)

    Makes 12 to 16 servings.




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