I first made this cheesecake in 1989 from one of my prized cookbooks, The Cake Bible. It immediately became the family’s favorite cheesecake, usually served with strawberries or strawberry sauce.
MY FAVORITE CHEESECAKE WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE
Two 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tblsp. cornstarch
3 large eggs
3 Tblsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. salt
3 cups sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Pan: One 8 inch x 2-1/2 inch or higher springform pan, greased and bottom lined with greased parchment or wax paper; outside of pan wrapped with a double layer of heavy-duty foil to prevent seepage. One 10” cake pan or roasting pan to serve as a water bath. Pan should not have higher sides than the springform pan or it will slow down baking.
In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until very smooth – about 3 minutes. Beat in the cornstarch. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the lemon juice, vanilla and salt and beat until incorporated. Beat in the sour cream just until blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Set the pan in the larger pan and surround it with 1” of very hot water. Bake 45 minutes. Turn off the oven without opening the door and let the cake cool for one hour. Remove to a rack and cool to room temperature (about one hour). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Store one week refrigerated – do not freeze.
Serve slices of cheesecake topped with this wonderful, not-too-sweet Strawberry Sauce.
½ cup granulated sugar
4-½ tsp. cornstarch
¼ cup orange juice (or 2 Tblsp. each of water and orange juice concentrate)
4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
½ tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium pan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and orange juice. Add the prepared berries and heat over medium high heat until mixture comes to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil mixture for another two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Serve at room temperature or chilled over cheesecake. If there are leftovers, refrigerate and spoon over ice cream, pound cake, or pudding.