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New York Style Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. It is one of my most favorite dessert treats. It is also a perennial favorite of my family too. I usually make cheesecake several times per year for birthdays and holiday dinners.

Most people are afraid of tackling this fussy dessert, because it tends to be labor-intensive, and time-consuming. So if you do make this cheesecake be sure to set aside 3 to 4 hours, but don't worry, most of that time is hands-off as the cake is simply baking at a very low temperature (275F).

Cheesecake is, in fact, a cream cheese custard and should be treated as such. What is a custard? The most basic definition is; A dessert made of milk, eggs,and sugar that must be carefully cook at a low temperature so as not to curdle the eggs.

But cheesecake is especially difficult because even though the eggs don't curdle, if you over-bake your cheesecake it will crack and split. If this happens to you, don't panic. Simply top your cake with fruit or sour cream to cover the…

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