One of the very first jobs that I had when I was a teenager a waitress at an Italian restaurant. It was a tiny little place near my hometown and it was owned by a man from Thailand - yes, Thailand. (That's a story for another day.) I started as a waitress but over the three years that I worked at the restaurant, I also served as the hostess, bartender and even the cook. There were days when I held all of those roles on the same day! (Did I mention that it was a SMALL restaurant?) One of my favorite things to do at the restaurant was to work in the kitchen. I took a special interest in preparing desserts for the evening dinner service. The dessert specialty at the restaurant was cheesecake and I learned a lot about how to (and not to) make a really great cheesecake at the restaurant. I used to love to experiment with all sorts of different flavor combinations. Snickers, turtle, raspberry white chocolate swirl, chocolate chip, amaretto - I baked them all. I started with a basic cheesecake recipe and added flavors based on the cheesecake that I wanted to create.
Today, I want to share my basic, plain cheesecake recipe with all of you. It is super easy. You don't need a springform pan and you don't need to bake it in a water bath. It's simple and easy but it's really delicious.
1 cup graham cracker crumbs ½ cup sugar ¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup melted butter 2 eggs
16 ounces cream cheese ½ teaspoon vanilla
Press into a greased 9” square pan.
Feel free to get creative with this cheesecake recipe. Use your imagination and create something fabulous. My family likes these tiny cheesecake squares dipped in chocolate.
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