Somehow I missed this thread, I hope I'm not too late. If you really want to impress, try this key lime cheesecake:
So, here's what you'll need:
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter
For The Filling:
3 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of sour cream
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of key lime juice
(about 12 to 15 key limes)
1 tablespoon of key lime rind
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Here's what you'll need to do:
Extract the juice of enough key limes to equal 1/3 of a cup (you can use a bottled key lime juice if you don't have access to fresh key limes). Zest enough key limes to equal 1 tablespoon of zest (zest is just the green part of the skin. Don't use the white part, it is bitter) or you can use regular lime zest (again, if you don't have access to key limes). Set aside.
Preheat to 375 degrees F. Butter a 10 inch springform pan.
In a medium size bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add the melted butter and mix well.
Pat the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan an about 1/2 inch up the side. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sour cream and flour. When mixture is smooth....
Add the eggs, one at a time. Mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract.
Add the key lime juice and the zest. Mix well.
Pour the cheesecake batter into the springform. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 250 degrees F (don't remove the cheesecake from the oven). Continue baking for another 50 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Take the cheesecake out of the fridge and remove the outer ring of the springform pan
Garnish with fresh whipped cream and key lime zest. You can use cool whip but fresh is so easy to make and tastes so much better!
To make fresh whipped cream:
2 cups of whipping cream
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla