Cookbook:New York Cheesecake

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New York Cheesecake
Category Cheesecake recipes
Servings 8
Time 3 and half hours

Arnold Reuben, owner of Turf Restaurant at 49th and Broadway in New York City, developed the recipe for New York cheesecake in 1929 after eating a slice of cheese pie at a friend's home.[1]

He altered his hostess’ recipe and eventually developed his own version of cheesecake which relies on cream cheese rather than cottage cheese as most other bakeries did at the time. Reuben then served his new creation in his restaurant which became a hit in no time.

New York cheesecake made with this recipe and topped with blueberry preserves

The below recipe makes a firm and heavy cheesecake, nicely flavored with lemon. It is very important to avoid over beating the ingredients in order to avoid cracks.


For Cake:

For Crust:

  • 5 ounces Barnham and Bailey Animal Crackers,or, Sweet Digestive Biscuits,(but no extra sugar with these).
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter


For Crust:

  1. Butter bottom and sides of 10 inch springform pan.
  2. Crush Animal Crackers into a fine powder. Mix with 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Add to melted butter and mix with a fork until blended.
  4. Press mixture into the bottom and up about one third of the sides of the pan.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For Cake:

  1. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 475°F.
  3. Mix sugar, flour and corn starch together.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, beat cream cheese with sugar mix, zest and vanilla until it is smooth. Do not overbeat. You may substitute lemon juice for vanilla.
  5. Add the whole eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, beating lightly with wooden spoon after each addition. Do not overbeat as this causes the cheesecake to crack.
  6. Gently stir in cream.
  7. Pour mixture into the pan. Place pan on cookie sheet to avoid leakage.
  8. Bake at 475°F for 15 minutes
  9. Lower heat to 225°F and bake for 1 hour
  10. Raise heat to 250°F and bake for about 15 more minutes
  11. Refrigerate immediately for at least one hour, keep covered with a cloth and cookie sheet (cloth on bottom) until condensation stops forming. Condensation will drip onto the cake if you cover it right away with Saran wrap.