Grandma Elsie's Cheesecake

December  8, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 8-10
Author Notes

This is the cheesecake for people who don't like cheesecake. It's a classic NY style, except lighter and just the right amount of sweet -- if you cut a sliver, you'll inevitably want another. I remember my dad would recreate his mother's recipe for special occasions; the only times of the year I would eat cheesecake. The origins of this recipe are unknown (how mysterious!), but we know my grandma started making it in the 1960s. —Elana Carlson

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup honey graham crackers (1 package)
  • 1 pound cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Mix graham cracker crumbs and melted butter together in a bowl and press on the bottom of an 8'' spring-form pan.
  3. Using a hand or standing mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until soft and smooth. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar gradually and continue beating until light and fluffy, then add egg yolks. Mix in sifted flour and salt. Next, add evaporated milk and vanilla.
  4. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until peaks remain upright. Add remaining 1/4 cup of sugar gradually, while beating constantly.
  5. Fold egg whites into cream cheese. Pour over crust.
  6. Place cake onto a rimmed baking sheet in the oven, pour an inch of water onto baking sheet creating a water bath.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes and remove the pan with water on it. Lower the oven to 325 degrees. Cook for an additional 40 minutes. When the cake is done, turn the oven off but leave cake in, allowing to cool slowly for 30-60 minutes. Don't open the oven to prevent collapsing!
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Lactose intolerant cheese lover, who will walk blocks for a good cup of coffee. Recently escaped the corporate world, after discovering her favorite part of the job was ordering catering.

5 Reviews

Nickie December 16, 2013 much flour? It's not in the list.
Elana C. December 16, 2013
2 1/2 tablespoons!
Nickie December 17, 2013
Thank you!!
Louisa S. December 9, 2013
So simple and not too much sugar, looks great!
Elana C. December 10, 2013
Thanks, Louisa!