Divine Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Combine cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Pour melted butter over and stir until mixture comes together.
  3. Lightly grease sides and bottom of a nine inch springform pan.
  4. Press crumbs on bottom and two inches of sides of the pan.
  5. In a mixer, combine cream cheese, lemon peel, eggs, sugar and salt and beat until blended.
  6. Once blended beat the mixture for 10 minutes until mixture is smooth, creamy and pale.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Cook 50 minutes in an oven heated to 350 degrees until cake is set and top feels firm.
  9. Let cake sit in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  10. The cake will continue to set and may crack on top.
  11. While the cake is cooling mix together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  12. Pour topping over the cheesecake and bake another 10-12 minutes.
  13. Refrigerate until cold.
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Cream Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine the water, butter, salt and sugar in a sauce pan.
  3. When the mixture is fully incorporated, add flour.
  4. Stir until the mixture forms into a ball and cook some of the moisture out.
  5. Place in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  6. Let beat for a minute to let the dough cool slightly.
  7. Add eggs one at a time until you get a shiny dough.
  8. Using a piping bag, pipe dough into small mounds on parchment paper.
  9. Combine the remaining egg and water to make an egg wash.
  10. Brush the egg wash onto the dough and knock down any tips there maybe.
  11. Bake at 425 degress for 15 minutes.
  12. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake another 20 minutes until the cream puffs are puffed up and golden brown.
  13. Take out of the oven and poke a hole in the side to let out excess steam.
  14. Move to a cooling rack.
  15. When cooled fill with your favorite filling.

Source:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cream-puffs-recipe-1940672