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New York Cheese Cake – Happy 1st Anniversary taste2taste

Hard to believe but this month marks the 1st Anniversary of the launch of this blog, taste2taste, onto the internet

Strangely enough, my London-based co-blogger, Lindsey and I are both in the same country this weekend, albeit she is as far away from New York (where I am based) as you can get. She’s hanging out in Sunny California, while I swelter here on the humid stormy northeastern seaboard

I thought that to celebrate the occasion, what could be better than a cake. As it happens, it’s also the Jewish Festival of Shavuot this weekend (which commemorates the giving of the Law to the Israelites at Mount Sinai) and its a tradition of that Holiday to consume dairy products

3. Ingredients

Ingredients

What better way to mark both occasions than to make a fantastic classic NY Cheese Cake from this half of our blog in Westchester County, NY with a British twist in the recipe. A perfect creamy soft sweet, crunchy sensuous dessert for all festivities

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 oz (130g) unsalted butter
  • 12 oz (350g) British McVities Digestive Biscuits (or Graham Crackers if you cannot locate the former in the British section of your store US readers)
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 12 oz (350g) full fat cream cheese
  • 12 oz (350g) sour cream
  • 12 oz (350g ) of caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Mixed berries and icing (confectioners) sugar to serve

Method

  • Blitz the digestive biscuits in your food processor until they form largish crumbs or crush them by hand, melt the butter and mix into the crumbled biscuits
  • Grease a 9″ spring form tin (pan) with a little extra butter and pre-heat your oven to 375 f / 190 c
  • Add the buttered crumbs to the tin and squish down with your fingers and hand to level and fill the tin
  • Using a hand blender blitz the cream cheese until it softens then add and beat in the eggs, followed by 9 oz (250g) of the sugar and 2 tsp of the vanilla essence

    5. The Layers

    Layers of the Cake laid out to assemble

  • Then, pour the resulting mixture on top of the crumb base in the tin and level, place in the oven for 45 minutes
  • Next, mix the sour cream, remaining vanilla essence and sugar together with a fork
  • Remove the tin from the oven once cooked (check with a cocktail stick to see, if it comes out dry its done) and let it cool for 10 minutes
  • Pour over the sour cream topping and level, placing it straight back in the oven at the same temperature for another 5 minutes, or so to glaze
  • Once that’s done, remove the cake from the oven and chill it in the fridge for a few hours until very cold (or you can even freeze it if you like to eat another day)
2. Baked from the edge

View from the edge

Serve with berries, or any other summer fruit of your choice dusted with icing sugar

A guilty pleasure but a taste of heaven

Happy Anniversary taste2taste!

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