Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a classic dessert recipe. This homemade cheesecake recipe is my go to recipe for all occasions and doesn’t require a water bath. Serve it plain or with fruit on top.
I typically don’t post too many classic recipes as you can find millions of classic recipes on the web; I like to change it up and add my own twist. Caramel apple, strawberry shortcake, carrot cake, the list goes on. However, I’ve had at least three people request a plain cheesecake recipe from me, not to mention I often see multiple requests for one in a dessert Facebook group I manage. When you ask, I can’t ignore, so here it is – my go to Classic Cheesecake recipe that has never failed on me and never cracks if you follow directions (it cracked once when I overbaked it in a new-to-me oven. Totally my fault). You don’t need a water bath. You don’t need to spend $20 on ingredients. Just you, 6 ingredients, and a springform pan.
I’ve lost track as to how many times I’ve made this recipe. For the past few years, it’s been my base recipe for all of my cheesecake recipes. I’ve tried all kinds of recipes before that – ones with sour cream, heavy cream, tons of eggs, water bath, no water bath. There’s one recipe in particular that was really, really decadent, but it also required 12 minutes of beating time and a water bath. My recipe does not use a water bath and the beating time isn’t quite as long.
Personally I love serving this cheesecake as it without any toppings as the creaminess and flavor stand well on their own, but as you can see, I did serve a few slices with strawberry jam. You can also make strawberry sauce (change the fruit to your liking), peach curd, hot fudge sauce, caramel sauce, anything you can imagine.
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- 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 24 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened (do not sub fat free)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Have an 8.5 inch or 9 inch springform pan ready.
- In a large bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pat into the bottom and roughly 2 inches up the side of the pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, for 1 minute each. Add the vanilla then beat for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Pour the batter into the crust then bake 35-40 minutes or until the center is almost set (it'll move when the pan is shaken, but the top should be firm when you touch it). Remove from the oven and cool 1 hour in the pan.
- Carefully run a knife along the edge to loosen the cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the pan side before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Source: Adapted from Taste Of Home
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