Strawberry Cheesecake With Graham Cracker Crust



1-3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
scant 1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add the butter, combining with a fork, then use fingers to rub ingredients together to make a uniform crumb. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of water, then blend again briefly until mixture is somewhat clumpy. Add another teaspoon of water, if necessary.

Press crust evenly across the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and about ½ inch up the sides. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the crust for 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool. When the pan has cooled, lightly butter the sides.




Makes 12 or more servings.

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