Mom’s Ultimate New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce



Things remain busy on the home and vineyard front.  With the boys back in school my mornings have been freed up, allowing me to scramble and get things done.  However, my afternoons are dedicated to homework help for the boys.  Between reading, geography tests, spelling words and fractions, I'm busy.  My oldest has also been placed in an accelerated math class so homework is going to ramp up to new levels starting this week.

The kids always come first.  I truly believe a good education is what gives you options and opportunities.  I want them to dream their biggest dream and have it come true.  I know what the power of that feels like.  I only hope they can experience it one day as well.  Of course it's hard to explain to them that spending time doing long division is a step in the dream-making process...they are just going to have to trust me.

Anyway, through it all I was able to make what I consider to be the best cheesecake EVER.  This is my Mom's Ultimate New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce.  This is the cheesecake I grew up eating.  I compare all other cheesecakes to this one and I have never found another one I like more.  I'm not kidding.

This cheesecake is the creamiest cheesecake I have ever tasted, just check out the ingredients.  As far as I'm concerned it leaves the Cheesecake Factory in the dust.  Yes, their cheesecakes are good but they are cakey...not creamy.  It's also crustless, which I love even more.  The graham crackers interfere with the taste, you don't need them.

I didn't take any other pictures because really, there is nothing to making this.  It's so easy.  Just make sure ingredients are room temperature before mixing them up.

I know this cheesecake is good.  Our friend Willie had seconds...and Willie has a very discriminating palate.

Enjoy and let me know how it is when you make it.

Mom's Ultimate New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

5 eight-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
9 large eggs (or 8 extra large), room temperature
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream, room temperature

In the bowl of a standing mixer, add cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until thoroughly combined; about three minutes.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  Add eggs, one at a time, while beating at medium speed.  Fold in heavy cream with a rubber spatula.

Pour mixture into a 10" springform pan and immediately place in a preheated 500 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Turn down the oven to 200 degrees for 40 minutes.  Make sure the middle is done by pressing on it with your finger, it should bounce back slightly to the touch.  If it doesn't feel done continue to bake and check it every five minutes.

Cool completely and place in the refrigerator overnight.  To unmold, run a knife around the edge of the pan and release.

*Note...because this a crustless recipe, it's possible your springform pan might leak slightly in the beginning.  So before preheating the oven place a piece of aluminum foil on your the rack (nothing heavier) and as soon as you pour the batter in the pan, place it in the very hot oven.

Strawberry Sauce

1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup red currant jelly
1/4 cup framboise

Slice strawberries and drizzle with lemon juice.  In a small saucepan add jelly and framboise and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and cool completely before adding the strawberries.  Place in the refrigerator and serve over cheesecake.  Top with whipped cream if desired.

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51 Comments

  1. O.K. Another recipe to print up. For most of our years of marriage my husband made the holiday cheesecakes. Cheesecakes were his specialty. I have a collection of cheesecake recipes he made. He made the cheesecakes for family, work , friends…any excuse to make a cheesecake and he grabbed it. He does make excellent cheesecakes so he will have to make this.

    I love to read about a parent’s devotion to making sure their children are doing as well as they could, and should in all areas needful, and your family appears to be very good at keeping things in proper perspective and priority.Keep it up Cathy and Wild Boar, those Hooligans deserve it!

  2. I will take your word for it that this is the best ever…..look at all that creaminess.

  3. This is a wonderful recipe and I can tell with all that cream cheese that it is the creamiest. And crustless!- bless you, I don’t care much for the crust either!

  4. This is absolutely my favorite type of cheesecake. This looks delicious!

  5. Love a good cheesecake. Having guests for dinner this weekend, will make this. Also, made the blue cheese dressing. Loved it. Thakns for all the good ideas Cathy.
    Lea Ann

  6. HoneyB 6

    I love that this is crustless and it looks so creamy and delicious. Bookmarking this one to try over the holidays!

    Kids will always come first…I don’t think it will ever matter how old they get. They have a piece of our heart that can’t be described!

  7. I think it’s great that you have time to help the kids w/ homework, run a vineyard AND make cheesecake!

    My husband is a fan of the creamy-style cheesecake so I will definitely try this one!

  8. Julie 8

    I should make this for my hubby…be he’d like it sans the sauce. I’ll take his helping :)

  9. Mama Goose 9

    I’ve always wanted to make a cheesecake and this looks like the perfect one to try!!

  10. BigSis 10

    Gorgeous! I love the photo of this. I’m bookmarking it to make asap!

  11. This is what I call cheesecake! Interesting that you can leave off the crust. I would love a slice with some strawberry topping.

  12. What a beautiful recipe in so many ways! I’m over the moon that it is naturally gluten free. I’ll be making this soon! Might have to have the girlfriends over again. 😉

    Thanks, Cathy!
    Shirley

  13. Trisha 13

    Glad your mornings are free so you can get stuff done! Just think of everything you are learning in those afternoon/evening homework session!

  14. That’s a gorgeous cheesecake! Especially in that it has no crust.

    Here’s the kicker. I can NOT stand cheesecake. Absolutely hate it. BUT, everyone around me loves it. And for them I would make this!

  15. Marjie 15

    40 ounces of cream cheese and 9 eggs? For a family of 4? Why don’t you all weigh about 6 tons by now? This sounds heavenly.

  16. yum! That is the best looking cheesecake! Good luck w. the vineyard!

  17. I’ve not tried making a cheesecake before. This makes it look easy. I’ll let you know as soon as I try it.
    I LOVE strawberry cheesecake!

  18. Paula 18

    Oh Cathy, this is sensational! Even better … it’s gluten free! Consider boasting about that as well as there are many, many, many folks realizing that gluten is not their friend (my little girl is gluten free). This cheesecake is so beautiful, and I like how the flavor is muddled with a crust. YUM, YUM, YUM! Three YUM’s up! :-)

    PS: Congrats to your little man on excelling in math! Whoohoo! Sounds like they are settling into a routine at their new school. It’s warm and windy where I’m at in suburbia-Portland. Our kids will have breezy hair after recess today! What a great way to welcome Fall! :-)

  19. Alisa 19

    I’m making this. I am definitely making this.

  20. Victoria 20

    Cheesecake is my “thing!” So I cannot wait to try your mom’s recipe. It looks like on to live for! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Becky 21

    Will be celebrating a special birthday tomorrow and will whip this up…LOVE cheese cake

  22. dawn 22

    If Willie had two servings..so will I. This sounds sensational.

  23. Krista 23

    Oh my goodness! Creamy, sweet, fabulous goodness! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  24. Liz C. 24

    OMG! I love cheesecake! I think I’ll make this for when we have our dinner party Saturday night.

    By the way, I made the blue cheese dressing recipe & we are both now totally spoiled forever after. I can never go back to the store bought stuff any more!!!!!

  25. Ginny 25

    Yummy! I really like the photo! :)

  26. Mary 26

    Boy, that gorgeous. My compliments to mom. I’m so glad you’ve shared your beliefs about making dreams come true with your boys. It’s so important.

  27. dawn 27

    you know I have been known to eat cheesecake for breakfast and then sleep the rest of the day, but you know what? it was worth it. LOL
    stunning photo Cath.

  28. elra 28

    Delicious and classic cheesecake win my heart Cathy!

  29. Bob 29

    Oh man. That looks unreal, I can’t get enough cheesecake. My girlfriend is a cheesecake wuss though, she’ll only eat the 1 egg, 1 package of cheese recipe you get from a certain cream cheese manufacturer.

  30. Ooh Cathy, I have to make this! I love cheesecake…and have turned my nose up at many-that and tiramisu-they have to be perfect! Thanks!!!

  31. This looks so wonderful and happens to be my hubby’s favorite dessert!! Cannot wait to score big points with this one!!

  32. I do love a crustless cheesecake. Really, all cheesecakes, but this one looks like something very special!

  33. Lydia 33

    Sometimes there is no improving on the classics. And this looks like one of those times. Mom’s cheesecake looks delicious!

  34. Yum! That looks delicious!!!

  35. You have put me in the mood for cheesecake today. Wouldn’t a fruited wine sauce also be good, something with grapes. I get in these moods in the fall.
    I believe you when you say this is good.
    Bravo for dedication to your son’s future.

  36. megan 36

    This looks so rich, creamy, and delicious! You never seem to amaze me!

  37. grace 37

    indeed, if appearances are any indication, cheesecake DOESN’T get better.
    also, good for you for keeping your priorities straight!

  38. Oh ym, it sure would take a lot to top this it looks delicious and of course you had to add a miles to your walk today hey.!!! Love the reflection in the picture too great job.

  39. Karine 39

    You have such good values! If I have kids later, I will definitevely want them to get an education. They will probalby see many doors opening up.

    And your cheesecake sounds so delicious!

  40. Marlene 40

    I mmay be in love with your Mom almost as much as I love you. This too, is going into my personal files to be made very soon. I might be able to have a smidgeon of a slice.

  41. It does look perfect! Would love to have a slice!

  42. Melynda 42

    I have had a love/hate relationship with cheesecake for some time now, but this looks so good! I think I should make a cheesecake for Sunday Cafe. thanks.

    PS. you are so right about education and how we “feel” about ourselves, you go girl!

  43. I just can’t believe how simple/easy this is–I can’t wait to try!

  44. You are so right about the kids coming first! I’m very excited about my children’s school this year. They are learning Greek and taking Chinese and my daughter is playing violin. They also have an hour of P.E. each day. They are so much more interested in school this year compared to years in the past. I’m happy that they are enjoying learning! :0)

    I don’t know if I have had crustless cheesecake. It looks heavenly! My husband loves cheesecake!

    Your photo is excellent as well. I love the reflection!

  45. I LOVE CHEESECAKE! I say: The creamier the better! I always try to find the best one… one that’s not to smooth but one that isn’t cake-y either! Definitely going to try this one! I’ll let you know!

  46. Egghead 46

    This looks so easy and so good. Can’t wait to try it. I love cheesecake.

  47. This looks absolutely yummy and I love that there’s no crust. I’ve always wanted to make cheesecake but your receipt is the simplest I found. BTW, where could you get red current jelly in Davis? Would appreciate the tip, thanks.

  48. Pam 48

    This recipe isn’t helping me in my weight loss journey – all I want to do is eat this for breakfast. It looks amazing.

  49. That sounds just perfect.
    Love the reflection in your photo too.
    LL

  50. Ivalyn 50

    Wow, I made your cheesecake on Monday and put it in the fridge. I couldn’t wait to get home yesterday to try it. Needless to say, it was DELICIOUS!!!!! I’ll be making this again for the family at Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  51. Kayola 51

    that just looks so scrumptious…..I have missed your blog…I have been so lousy at blogging lately…I am working 3 jobs and thankfully for facebook I can go on and off lickity split…but I so miss everybody…….