Now, I may get teased that I don't know how to cook or know where the stove is - but that's just because I hate cooking typical normal dinners and such. When I am gonna cook/bake, it has to be worth it. I finally decided to give my dad's intimidating cheesecake a try. And for my first attempt ever, I think I did fairly well.
The First Step is making the crust. The ingredients for that are:
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup of butter or margarine, melted
Combine all but the butter in a small bowl; then stir in butter. Press onto the bottom and 2" up the sides of a greased 9" springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees.
Filling Ingredients are:
3 packages (8oz each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
In mixing bowl, combine and beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.
Bake for 1 hour or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen, cool 1 hour longer. It will shrink down in size and will split/crack in the middle.
Refrigerate until completely cooled.
Topping Ingredients are:
1/2 cup Sour Cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup of whipping cream, whipped
**Step that I forgot and was not mentioned again in the directions, whip the whipping cream**
In mixing bowl, combine sour cream, sugar, and vanilla; fold in whipped cream. Spread over cheesecake. Refrigerate over night. Remove sides of pan and serve.
So, the mistakes I made:
I packed the crust too hard in the bottom of the pan. When I went to cut it this morning, it was extremely difficult to cut through -- though still edible!! It just doesn't come out as a nice clean piece thats all -- as you can see in the below picture.
I forgot to whip the whipping cream, and just poured it into the mixture. Therefore my topping is not correct. Though, if I didn't realize this or mentioned it, no one would notice -- besides my dad probably.