Naptime Prizewinner Cheesecake – adapted from Beverly Gillia


4 8oz. containers of whipped cream cheese
16 oz. sour cream
1 stick salted butter
5 eggs
2 T. cornstarch
1 ¼ c. sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. fresh lemon juice
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 c. graham cracker crumbs (make your own or buy pre-made)
2 T. sugar


To make the crust:
1. Preheat the oven to 400.
2. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.
3. Put the melted butter, graham crackers and sugar in a bowl and combine the ingredients. 4. Press the graham crackers into the bottom of the pan until it is tightly packed and level.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until graham crust is golden brown.
6. Set aside to cool while you prepare the batter.

To make the cheesecake:
1. Place cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and butter on the counter to get to room temperature before baking – this usually takes at least one hour.
2. Preheat oven to 375.
3. Put cream cheese, butter and sour cream into the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix to combine until smooth.
4. Add the cornstarch, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well until the batter is completely smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated.
5. Beat in 1 egg at a time until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
6. Pour mixture on top of the cooled crust.
7. Wrap springform pan tightly in aluminum foil, this is to prevent water from seeping into the pan and ruining the batter.
8. Place the pan in a water bath, taking care to make sure the water comes at least halfway up the side of the cake pan.
9. Bake for 60 – 70 minutes, or until the batter is no long jiggly and the top is golden brown. 10. Turn off the oven and let the cake cool in the oven, with the door slightly ajar, for 1 hour. 11. After an hour remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 2 hours on wire rack.
12. Cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before serving.

Naptime Notes

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This cake is delicious, simply the best I have tasted. My husband even said it is better than Junior’s, but I think we’d have to have a taste-off to confirm that!

Naptime Stopwatch

This cake will take the entire naptime to make, mostly because the baking and cooling require careful monitoring. But as long as you watch carefully you shouldn’t have any problems.

Naptime Reviews

This cake was a hit all around. My mother-in-law has been making it for years, and I suspect that I will be, too.

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