***Crust*** 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts 3/4 cup finely chopped vanilla wafers 2 tablespoons melted butter ***Filling*** 1 1/2 pound cream cheese 1 1/3 cup sugar 5 large eggs 16 ounces sour cream 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons lemon juice
For Crust: Mix all nuts and vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter and press in the buttered spring pan, trying to line the sides as much as possible about 1 1/2" up the sides of the pan, set aside.
For Filling: Start by beating the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Keep the mixer on a low setting throughout the beating and mixing process. Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy. Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg.
When eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add flour, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well. Add the sour cream last and beat well.
Pour cream cheese into the spring pan. Place on the top rack in the middle of a 325 degrees F preheated oven for one hour and 15 minutes.
When time is up, prop open oven door and leave in oven for one hour. After one hour, remove from oven. Let cool enough before the cheesecake is put into the refrigerator for 24 hours. A cheesecake should season. The wait is worth it. The flavor ripens and becomes enriched.
My family and friends love this every time I make it. I agree with the comment above; the biggest downfall is keeping everyone away from the cheesecake long enough to season overnight. The prep is somewhat lengthy yet simple and WELL WORTH the time spent. The cheesecake bakes into tall generous slices similar to what you would find at the Cheesecake Factory. This is by far one of my favorite recipes on this site. *Delicious!*
Oct 21, 2010
I have made this cheesecake 3 times and the only problem I had was keeping everybody away from it overnight. It really does pay to let this season. Cheesecake is just like cheesecake factory and is absolutely delicious!
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