Original Philly Cheesecake
ready in: 30-60 minutes
recipe id: 2784
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
24 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
5 tablespoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, separated
Crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs and margarine. Press onto bottom of 9" springform pan. Bake at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel, and vanilla, mixing at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 45 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill.
Serving Ideas: Garnish with fresh fruit or cherry pie filling.
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