The minute I say cream cheese one would probably think of cheesecake, a few others ( ppl like me!) of that heavenly bite of bagel and cream cheese traveling down the throat! Bliss! I am not a cheesecake lover. Period. But I have met v v few who don't like cheesecake. I have been quite curious about the making of the same for a while and it would be a request to all the calorie conscious to stop reading this very moment and go grab an apple or something! :) yes it sure is heavy..probably you can excuse yourself for that one bite saying that it sure is high in protein ;-)

This is a simplest version - a total American classic!

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  • Yields: one 9 inch Cheesecake
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 stick of butter, melted
  • 4 cups (!!) cream cheese, at room temperature ( that would be four 8 ounce packets)
  • generous 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • grated rind of 1 lemon with 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease an 9 inch spring foam pan. Place on a 14 inch foil and press it up to the sides to seal it tightly.2.Mix the crumbs and the butter well.


Press it into the bottom of the pan.


Beat the cream cheese until smooth.


Add the sugar, lemon rind, juice and vanilla and beat until blended.


Beat in the eggs one at a time


Pour into the prepared pan. Set the pan in a larger baking tray and place in the oven. Pour enough hot water in the outer tray to come to 1 inch up the sides of the pan.


Bake until the top is golden brown ( approx 1 - 1 1/2 hrs)9.Cool it in the spring foam pan and then slowly remove the bottom. Refrigerate for close to 1-2 hrs before serving.


You can dust it with powdered sugar (optional),

9. cut it into slices and serve.

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By Gayathri on Jul 17, 2014

If I use two 200gms of cream cheese, what would be the changes I should be doing in the quantity of the rest of the ingredient.. I was wondering just about the number of eggs that i should use. Please do help to let me know.

By micheal on Feb 13, 2014

i dont know about chesecake but you can put mayonaise in chocolate cake to keep it moist and lively fresh looking.instead of dry stuck to the pan.

By micheal on Feb 13, 2014

:) i saw a cheesecake crust made with crumbled crushed oreos remove the icing first.can a cheesecake have a fluffy more airy texture but still be a there such a thing as a airy fluffy cheesecake.

By Soumya Venkat on Oct 28, 2013

Hello, Is there any substitute for Graham Crackers?

By arab faiza on Jul 15, 2012

:lol: :-D 8) 8) :wink: :wink: 8-O :roll: :mrgreen: :lol:

By Diana on Jul 14, 2012

Uhnmm , around how many calories would this be? Lol

By Rani on Oct 26, 2009

Hi, I'm new to the site, this looks fab. However, can it be adapted to be eggless at all?

Hi Rani, I personally havent tried making a cheesecake without eggs - but versions do exist. I think you might find some easily on the net. I will surely keep you posted about any that I may make. Thanks :) -- DK

By propecia on Jun 2, 2009

Thanks for the review!

By Kalyn on Apr 29, 2008

I love cheesecake, especially with lemon! Lemon is one of my absolute favorite flavors in anything! (I do try to resist desserts though, so I rarely eat it.)

By Pearlsofeast on Apr 29, 2008

superb recipe, I am ardent fan of Cheesecakes but sinful calories in it resist me!!!!!!!!!

Ur look divine!!!!!

By Kalai on Apr 29, 2008

Gorgeous, Dhivi!! If you don't want that piece, I'll be more than glad to take it from you. Hee hee. :)

By Padmaja on Apr 29, 2008

superb, absolutely amazing

By Homecooked on Apr 29, 2008

The cheesecake looks perfect!!!

By Cynthia on Apr 28, 2008


By Rajitha on Apr 28, 2008

yep ;) it is a protein dish...and high protein is good for you...awesome job!

By Coffee & Vanilla on Apr 28, 2008

Thank you for your delicious entry :)

By Uma on Apr 27, 2008

looks delicious, DK! Lovely entry.

By Namratha on Apr 27, 2008

The last pic is a perfect slice!! :)

By Mona on Apr 27, 2008

That looks too delicious!

By Lisa on Apr 27, 2008

I don't eat dessert very often, but I do like cheesecake! Beautiful presentation. YUM!

By Red Chillies on Apr 27, 2008

Count me in too Divya. I simply cannot stand cheesecake, the texture and the fact that it is so loaded with fat.
But I love your step by step presenation from start to finish. Great job!

By Johanna on Apr 27, 2008

This looks decadent and delicious but I wanted to know if this persuaded you that cheesecake is a very very good thing?

By Siri on Apr 27, 2008

yeh yeh yeh a CHEESE CAKE!! and I love love cream cheese..the regular wala not the fat free version.. hehehe.. I don't care abt calories and u know that very well. O Boy, during my 2 yrs of study here in US, my breakfast for just one - a toasted everything bagel smeared with lots n lots of regular cream cheese. and I just had one yesterday at our own Dunkin Donuts.. heheh..:D
Ok now enuf of talk , move away. I wanna relish my cheese cake atleast virtually..:D


By Arundathi on Apr 27, 2008

Fabulous photos - and I'm one of those who LOVES cheesecake! And this is a great simple recipe! Thanks!

By Divya Vikram on Apr 27, 2008

Looks gorgeous Dhivya!

By Bhags on Apr 27, 2008

The cheesecake looks real soft and yummy....