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Philadelphia Cheesecake Recipe

Philadelphia Cheesecake Recipe

Philadelphia cheesecake is known for its creamy, rich texture and a taste that strikes the perfect balance between tangy and sweet. This classic recipe is straightforward, making it a great choice for both beginners and experienced bakers. Here’s how to make a delicious Philadelphia cheesecake from scratch.


For the Crust:
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs: 1 1/2 cups
  • Unsalted Butter: 1/3 cup, melted
  • Granulated Sugar: 3 tablespoons
For the Filling:
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese: 4 packages (8 ounces each), softened
  • Granulated Sugar: 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Eggs: 4, large


Preparing the Crust:
  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C).
  2. Mix Crust Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.
  3. Press into Pan: Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  4. Bake: Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Making the Filling:
  1. Beat Cream Cheese: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well blended and smooth.
  2. Add Eggs: Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  3. Pour over Crust: Pour the filling over the crust, smoothing the top with a spatula.
Baking the Cheesecake:
  1. Bake: Bake the cheesecake for 55 minutes or until the center is almost set.
  2. Cool in Oven: Turn off the oven and leave the door ajar, allowing the cheesecake to cool in the oven for 1 hour.
  3. Chill: Remove the cheesecake from the oven, run a knife around the rim of the pan to loosen the cake, and then cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Tips and Variations
  • Water Bath: For an even creamier texture, bake the cheesecake in a water bath. This helps prevent cracks and ensures even cooking.
  • Toppings: Serve with fresh berries, fruit compote, or a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce.
  • Flavor Variations: Add lemon zest, almond extract, or stir in a swirl of fruit puree for a different flavor profile.
  • Prevent Cracks: Avoid overmixing the batter and overbaking the cheesecake to prevent cracks.

Philadelphia cheesecake is a luxurious, indulgent dessert that’s perfect for special occasions or as a treat for any day of the week. Its velvety texture and rich flavor make it a favorite among cheesecake lovers. Enjoy creating and savoring this classic dessert!

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