Key-Lime Cheese Cake

Got the winter blahs… Add a little Summer to your day with this Cheese Cake recipe.

Every now and again, I come up with a recipe that can’t wait for my cook book, The Cottage Cookbook to be released and I share it with my bloggers.

This recipe has a Gluten Free option included.

 

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             Key Lime Cheese Cake

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

CRUST

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs, or vanilla wafer cookies, crushed

1⁄4 cup butter, melted

FILLING

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup sour cream

2 tbsp. flour

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

4 limes

2 tsps. grated lime zest

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In 9 or 10-inch spring-form pan, combine gram cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press evenly over bottom of pan and a quarter way up the sides.

Squeeze all 4 limes retaining the juice, making 1/4 to 1/3 cup of lime juice.

Cream room temperature cream cheese with sugar until smooth, scraping sides and bottom of bowl frequently to integrate any cream cheese lumps. Cream in sour cream, flour and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at time. When smooth, mix in lime juice.

Note: If you prefer a tartar cheesecake, add 1 tbsp. of lime juice at a time, and taste to increase.

Pour pie filling over prepared crust. Baking for 45 minutes for 10-inch pan, 50 minutes for 9-inch pan. Watch cake for the last 5 minutes. Temperatures vary in ovens. Cake should look soft in center, when finished. If cheese cake is cracking, it is over cooked, remove from oven.

Cool in pan for 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around edge to loosen cheesecake, but do not remove from pan, before refrigerating.

Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving, over-night is best.

Garnished with sweetened whipped cream.

For Gluten Free: 2 cups of Pecans or Crushed Gluten Free Cookies can be used as base. Substitute reg flour for rice flour.


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