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Cheesecake, Pareve I (P, TNT)
Source: My late Mother
Yield: 1 10" cake

1 cup Graham crackers
1 cup and 6 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted
2 lbs. soy imitation cream cheese
1-1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, room temperature
1 pint imitation sour cream
1/2 cup strawberry Jelly (optional)
2 pints fresh strawberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease a 10"x2-1/2" springform pan.

In a bowl, mix together the Graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Stir in the melted margarine. Transfer to the prepared pan, and press in to the base. Refrigerate the crust for 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the "cream cheese," lemon zest, vanilla and remaining sugar. Beat at a low speed until creamy and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until thoroughly blended. Stir in the "sour cream."

Pour batter into prepared pan, and place pan on a cookie sheet. Bake for 1-1/4 hours. Turn the oven off, and prop the door of the oven open a few inches. Let the cake rest in the oven 1 hour.

Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool to room temperature. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Optional Decoration:
Glaze cake with slightly warmed strawberry jelly, and decorate with whole or sliced strawberries on top, brush the fruit with remaining glaze.

Poster's Notes:
My favorite way to top this cake is in quarters....
I glaze the cake with warmed apricot jam..then decorate 1/4 of the cake with crushed (well-drained) pineapple..1/4 with canned cherry pie filling..1/4 with canned blueberry pie filling, and 1/4 with the strawberries.

Posted by Shira Shayna

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A