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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!





Ingredients:

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

Crust:
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.

Filling:
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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