I cannot believe it is already November, and that I am thinking of the holidays. I feel like we just wrapped up a joyous season not too long ago. With the thought of the holidays upon us, I am in complete menu planning mode and took advantage of trying out a few recipes over the weekend that will hopefully become the stars during many meals. One of them was this amazing New York style cheesecake made with eggs.
An ingredient that is also a star in our kitchen during the holiday season is the egg. Needless to say, we go through a lot of eggs, and during the holiday season, I always have an extra dozen or two on hand to help with baking and impromptu meals. I do not rely on eggs for strictly breakfast during the holidays either, although they do help make a killer quiche for holiday brunches. During the holiday season I use them often in baking, or for quick meals for dinner such as baked egg dishes or spicy pasta carbonara. I also like to have a few hard boiled eggs on hand for snacks and lunches during busy baking days. They make for a quick protein boost of energy.
Speaking of eggs, did you know that America’s egg farmers have partnered with Share Our Strength to help fight childhood hunger this season by supporting the Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry program? This is an amazing organization that is helping to end childhood hunger by ensuring all children get the healthy food their young bodies require. They connect children who are in need with healthy food, as well they help educate their families how to cook affordable and healthy meals at home. Beginning November 18th, America’s egg farmers will be conducting weekly giveaways over at the Incredible Edible Egg fan page on Facebook. Each Monday they will post a giveaway, and each person who engages with the post will be entered to win a prize and the egg farmers will donate a dozen eggs on their behalf to help fight childhood hunger.
Eggs can also go beyond baking only cookies or sweets during the holidays, they can be used as a base for many dessert recipes such as this amazing cheesecake. I have not made a cheesecake in years, and forgot how easy it really easy. I have to say I fell in love with this recipe as it is made the night before serving, which frees up some time on the day of your dinner party. This recipe was everything that I remember about cheesecake, rich, creamy and not overly sweet. Definitely a hit at our house.
Recipe: New York Style Cheesecake
- 40 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 8 ounces sour cream
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- 5 eggs, room temperature
- 30 graham crackers
- 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 300.
- Place graham crackers into a food processor and process into crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a few times to combine.
- Lightly grease the sides of a 9″ cheesecake pan.
- Lightly press the graham cracker crumbs into the cheesecake pan. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Combine the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, flour and vanilla bean paste in mixer bowl. Beat on low speed until blended.
- Beat on high speed until fluffy. Then add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Pour into the chilled crust.
- Bake in the center of the oven until a wooden pick inserted midway between center and edge of the cake comes out clean, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
- Center will slightly jiggly and will firm up as cheesecake cools.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Disclosure: We are compensated members of the American Egg Board (AEB). As always, all opinions expressed are my own.