The BEST cheesecake you ever had anywhere: where and when
any style or flavor. bakery or restaurant or mail order. regular american style or italian or any other!!
The very best is a tie between my husband and his brother. It is the same recipe from the 1978 General Electric food processor cookbook. Second best my Mother's frozen lemon cheesecake.
Granted, I haven't tried that many cheesecakes - it's not exactly an everyday food - but so far, the best has been President's Choice marbled cheesecake. It's even good still frozen.
Easy! Mine. It's a rich cream cheese and sour cream cake with just a hint of lemon. The recipe is from a one-volume-a-week grocery store cooking encyclopedia my m-i-l got back in the 60s.
It was one of the first things I baked after she died and I started cooking for my husband's family. I was thoroughly intimidated by it but found out it was incredibly easy and an awful lot of flavor and drama payoff for the effort.
My second choice would have to be the pumpkin flavor one we have at Thanksgiving instead of pie. That's from a recipe from a once highly popular bakery in Orlando that's been gone since the early 90s.
Rainey - mine too!!
The crust is a blend of graham crackers, ground roasted pecans, and butter.
Batter: (And the other usuals like eggs.)
1:1 maple syrup & sugar to sweeten.
Cream cheese filling with just a touch of sour cream.
Extra vanilla extract - the kind I use has bits of bean in it.
Occasionally some grated lemon rind in the batter.
I use a water bath.