Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Homemade Cheesecake

I hosted a kids' cooking class through our homeschool group this year, and they surprised me with a gift at our last get-together- a springform pan :) My oldest son loves cheesecake and has been asking me to make one for months, so I abliged and made a very creamy treat!


7-9 graham crackers (try using homemade grahams)
1/3 c butter, melted
16 oz cream cheese
2 eggs
1/2 c organic sugar
1/4 c maple syrup
2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t lemon juice

Pre-heat oven to 350F

In a large plastic bag, crush the grahams with a rolling pin until small crumbs. In a bowl, combine crumbs with butter- press into bottom of springform pan.

Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove from oven and set aside.

Beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar and maple syrup until creamy. Add vanilla and lemon juice and combine.

Pour into prepared crust and bake until firm, about 25-30 minutes. Let cheesecake cool, then store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before cutting.

As you can see in the picture, I topped mine with a little homemade fudge sauce. It would also be amazing with some fresh berries! Enjoy ;)

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