I’ve got to say that by far this is the best looking cheesecake I’ve made in my life! I couldn’t be more thrilled either, since I was bringing it to a dinner party. The flavor in this is spot on and I was worried with baking it without water it would have major cracks, but to my surprise it came out perfect.
Cheesecake Factory Key Lime Cheesecake Copy Cat Version
(Adapted from Food.com)
2 cups graham cracker crumbs, crushed (approximately 2 sleeves)1⁄2 cup butter, melted
1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1⁄4 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
3⁄4 cup trader joe's key lime juice
In 9 or 10 inch springform pan, combine crumbs, melted butter, and 1/4 cup sugar. Press evenly over bottom of pan and halfway up sides. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes, no longer.
Cream room temperature cream cheese well, add sugar, and cream until smooth, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently to integrate any cream cheese lumps.
Cream in sour cream, eggs, flour and vanilla.
When smooth once more, stir in lime juice. Note: 3/4 Cup of Key Lime juice makes a very tart cheesecake. If you prefer a less tart cheesecake, start with 1/3 cup and increase to taste.
Pour over prepared crust. Return to 375 oven for 15 minutes. Lower temperature to 250 and continue baking 50 minutes for 10 inch pan, 55 minutes for 9 inch pan. Cool on wire rack IN PAN for 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edge to loosen cheesecake, but do NOT remove from pan.
Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. May be garnished with sweetened whipped cream, lime zest, or both.