Melissa's Prize-Winning Cheesecake


1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch springform pan all the way up to the rim. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over bottom. With mixer at medium high speed thoroughly cream the cheese till it is perfectly smooth. Add 1-¾ cups sugar and vanilla. Beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating only as much as is necessary to mix well. Stir in lemon juice. Pour into prepared pan and place on medium rack in oven. On lower rack, immediately under springform pan, place a larger pan filled with hot water. Bake for 1-½ hours. Five minutes before time is up, spread over top sour cream mixed with 3 tablespoons sugar. Allow to cool at least 24 hours for best texture and flavor.


Serves 12

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