There is ongoing discussion about if cheesecake is a cake or a pie. You can find heated arguments over the question on food blogs and Twitter in particular and spend some time having great fun. Cheesecake is made up of filling held together with a crust, which by definition is a pie. But who cares? No matter what you call Classic New York Cheesecake, it’s amazingly scrumptious.
- 5 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened,
- 1½ cups sugar,
- 1 cup sour cream,
- 2 tsp vanilla,
- 3 tbsp flour,
- 5 eggs,
- fresh strawberries or raspberries, for decoration.
- Make the Graham Cracker Crust, and press into a 9-inch spring-form pan, pressing into the bottom and up the sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Prepare the Filling: In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Stir in the sour cream, vanilla, and flour and continue mixing at medium speed until well combined. Turn down the mixer to low speed and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Pour the filling into the pie shell.
- Bake at 325 degrees for at least 1 hour. The filling should be slightly jiggly and moist in the middle and slightly brown around the edge. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, then place in the fridge overnight.
- Remove the outside of the pan to serve. Decorate with fresh strawberries or raspberries.