I've made cheese cakes before, but nothing like this one. This is hands down the best cheese cake I've ever made and tasted. To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.
This is sooo fluffy and soft, so creamy and light ,the graham cracker crust is flavored with almonds.... are you drooling yet? I am! I made this for the restaurant, a couple from New York that moved to our area came in , had the cheese cake and said it reminded them of home. I was thrilled that I had finally found a recipe that has come that close to an actual New York Style Cheese Cake! The next time I make this it'll stay in the oven a little longer, the middle was a little too soft, it didn't in any way effect the taste of the cake, it'll just firm it up a little to make it look nice. I followed the recipe exactly, there was no need to change a thing.
I want you to make this, because I know when you taste it It'll make you very happy... and that'll make me very happy.
New York Style Cheese Cake
1 3/4 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (I use macadamia)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter
5 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix graham cracker crumbs, nuts and cinnamon with melted butter.
Press on bottom and sides of 9 inch springform pan.
Bake 7 minutes, remove from oven, let cool.
Increase oven temp to 475.
Combine cream cheese, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 3 T. flour, 5 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix completely. Add Almond extract.
Add cream and mix just enough to blend.
Pour filling over crust and bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce oven temp to 200 and bake for one hour.
Turn oven off and leave cake in oven for another hour.
Remove from oven, cool slightly, place in refrigerator overnite.
Top with fruit if desired.
Note: I find that setting a bowl/pan of water on the bottom rack while baking helps prevent cracking. NOT everytime, but usually! That's with any cheesecake, not just this one.