How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Death by Cheesecake

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, crumbled or beaten with a rolling pin
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of butter (not margarine)

Filling:
5 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp finely grated lemon peel
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Crust . .  so easy.  Mix the three ingredients.  It will be crumbly but moist.  Press it into a pan.  Use a measuring cup and be persistant.

Filling . . . With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese for a couple minutes or until it's soft, smooth & workable.  Add sugar.  Beat some more.  Add flour.  Then add the eggs.  Beat until blended well.  Add sour cream.  Add lemon peel.  Add vanilla.  Beat some more.  Pour into prepared crust.  Bake at 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Remove.  Cool.  Serve with fresh berries.  It's better the 2nd or 3rd day, so make this well in advance and make sure it's chilled completely before slicing and serving.

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