Ultimate Cheesecake

CRUST
1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 cup Butter

FILLING
5 packages Cream cheese
1 1/3 cups Sugar
3 tablespoons Flour, all-purpose
3 large Egg(s)
1/2 cup Sour cream
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

TOPPING
1 Egg white
1 tablespoon Sugar
1/2 cup Sour cream

Mix Graham crumbs and sugar. Melt butter and add. Press crumb mixture into 9 inch springform pan, bringing crust all the way to top of pan. Chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350.
Beat cream cheese at medium for 2 minutes. Add sugar. Slowly add flour. On low speed, beat in eggs one at a time. Add sour cream, lemon and vanilla. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat egg white until frothy. Add sugar until soft peaks form. Fold in sour cream. Spread on top of cake.
Place cake back in oven for 20 minutes. Turn off oven, let cake sit for 1 hour with oven door slightly open. Place cake on wire rack and let cool completely.

OPTIONS FOR TOPPING….
Fresh fruit or fruit preserves.

OTHER OPTIONS….
For crust, use ginger snaps in place of grahams. Or, use half and half grahams and nuts (pecans or walnuts).

Add 1 1/2 tsp of almond extract in place of vanilla.

BBQ techniques, family recipes