My Ex-Wife's Top-Secret Cheesecake Recipe


Mmm...Yummy Cheesecake

This is my ex-wife's secret cheesecake recipe.
This is the recipe that she zealously guarded from her aunts, her cousins, and even her own mother.

Now you can make it in your very own kitchen!

This is a great cheesecake, although it is a little heavy. If you can't find fresh strawberries, try pineapple, raspberries, or blueberries. You'll probably need to adjust the sugar.



Ingredients


Crust:


cups fine graham cracker crumbs (about 20 crackers)


¼

cup finely chopped walnuts


½

teaspoon ground cinnamon


½

cup melted butter or margarine



Filling:


3

well-beaten eggs


2

8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened


1

cup sugar


2

teaspoons vanilla


½

teaspoon almond extract


¼

teaspoon salt


3

cups dairy sour cream



Glaze:


2

cups fresh strawberries


¾

cups water


2

tablespoons cornstarch


½

cup sugar



Directions


Crust: Combine the graham cracker crumbs, walnuts, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the melted butter or margarine and mix thoroughly. Press the mixture on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. The sides should be about 1 3/4 inches high.

Filling: Combine the eggs, cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and salt. Beat the mixture until it is smooth. Blend in the sour cream. Pour the mixture into the crumb crust. Bake at 375F for 35 minutes, or until just set. Cool. Chill thoroughly, about 4 to 5 hours. The filling will be soft.

Glaze: Crush 1 cup of the strawberries. Add the water, cook for 2 minutes, then sieve the mixture. Mix the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of sugar, and slowly stir it into the hot berry mixture. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and clear. Cool to room temperature. Halve the remaining strawberries. Arrange the halves on top of the chilled cheesecake, and pour the strawberry glaze over. Chill about 2 hours before serving.