According to Wikipedia, Saturday July 30th has been unofficially declared National Cheesecake Day in the United States.
My Friend Toni’s Family Recipe
For the Crust:
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter, melted
6 tablespoons sugar
Mix together all three ingredients. Press the mixture evenly in the bottom and up the sides of a spring form pan. Refrigerate while making filling.
For the Filling:
(3) 8 ounce packages of cream cheese (room temp)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
2 tblsp flour
Combine the first seven ingredients for the filling together in a large bowl. Once combined, add the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated.
Pour the filling into the chilled crust.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes then lower the over temperature to 300 degrees and continue baking the cheesecake for 40 minutes
Turn the oven off and don’t remove the cheesecake for approximately 1 hour.
Refrigerate in pan overnight
Melt 8 ounces of dark chocolate.
Allow it to cool and then pour over the top of the cheesecake. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened.
Slice, serve and enjoy.
Many thanks to my friend Toni for allowing me to share this recipe!