Alex's Cheesecake


2 tablespoons butter
4 zwieback, grated
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar; plus 2 tablespoons for topping
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (Philadelphia preferred)
|1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
|2 cups sour cream
|Generous amount of fresh fruit for topping


Using the 2 tablespoons of butter, generously butter an 8-inch spring-form cake pan. Dust with zwieback crumbs and shake out excess. Beat egg whites until they are fairly stiff; but not as stiff as for meringue. Add 1 cup sugar gradually, beating until blended. Add the softened cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and blend in, beating for 1 or 2 minutes. Pour the batter into the spring-form pan. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for about 30 minutes, until small cracks begin to appear. Blend sour cream with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining ½ teaspoon vanilla, and pour on top of cheesecake. Return to oven and bake for 5 minutes at 475 degrees F. The cake is set when bubbles form at the edge. Remove from oven and let cool in pan. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before removing sides of pan. To serve, top with your favorite fresh fruit, passing additional fruit on the side; sliced strawberries are an especially attractive topping.


Makes ample for 10.

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