There are so many cheesecake recipes out there. They’ve been simplified and reduced to a package of cream cheese, some pudding and cool whip plopped into a pre-made crust. But that’s just not really a cheesecake is it? There’s nothing like a cheesecake baked from scratch and this cherry cheesecake really fits the bill!
I have the best cookbook: The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It’s been redone a couple of times and I had purchased the revised copy with high hopes. I wasn’t as pleased with the newer version as it just didn’t have the totally cool photo index that mine does. In fact, I had a different copy of this cookbook that my dad handed down to me and it had an unfortunate accident with an electric stove top, charring many of its pages. Eeek. I was devastated, especially since it burned the hand written inscription from my dad. How stupid are we at 25?? Anyway, I bought the new version, returned it and found the exact one I had before. Bliss :)
This cherry cheesecake recipe is on page 158.The only change I made was to remove the walnuts, I just adjusted by adding graham cracker crumbs until the texture was right. I have a friend that is allergic to nuts and wanted her to be able to enjoy this with me.
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Ingredients for Cherry Cheesecake:
- 1 cup graham-cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup finely chopped California walnuts
- 1/3 cup butter, melted (I cooled it to room temp)
- 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
- 3 8-oz pkgs cream cheese
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups sour cream
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
- 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
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If you like cheesecake, here are several more that I really love. First up is this Tiramisu Cheesecake. Yes, you read that right! If you love cheesecake and tiramisu, this dessert is the best of both worlds!
Another favorite is this Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake. Chunks of brownie are baked inside the cheesecake mixture and the results are fabulous! Plus it’s beautiful to look at!
I grew up eating English Trifle at every single holiday. It’s such a nostalgic dessert for me and the flavor.. oh!! This English Trifle Cheesecake captures all of those flavors and marries them with creamy cheesecake. It’s a must try for trifle lovers.
Here are all of my cheesecake recipes if you’d like to browse around. :)