Cheesecake, rich

Note: These recipes use NZ measurements. 1 c = 1 cup = 250 ml. 1 T = 1 tablespoon = 15 ml. 1 D = 2 teaspoons. 1 t = 1 teaspoon = 5ml. If you're in America, you may find you need a little extra baking powder in recipes that use it.

1/2 c flour
2 T sugar
50g cold butter
1 egg yolk
750g (3 cartons) cream cheese
1 c sugar
3 T flour
1 t vanilla
1 t fine grated citrus rind
3 eggs
2 T milk

To make the crust, either combine the first three ingredients in the food processor, mix until butter is finely chopped then add egg yolk and mix to a dough or rub or cut butter into dry ingredients, then add egg yolk and mix with a fork until combined.
Press mixture onto the bottom of a buttered or sprayed loose bottomed cake tin, 20 or 23 cm in diameter. Bake base at 200 C for 5 minutes.
Soften cream cheese in a warm room or in a microwave oven (each carton warms in 30-60 seconds). Blend softened cream cheese with the sugar, flour, vanilla and very finely grated lemon, orange or tangelo rind, then add the eggs and milk and beat until evenly smooth. Use a food processor if available, or mix first by hand then using a beater, in a large mixing bowl.
Pour onto the partially cooked base. Bake at 200 C for 15 minutes, then at 150 C for 45-60 minutes, until a pointed knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Leave to stand for 30 minutes then run a sharp knife around the sides of the tin and remove leaving the cheesecake sitting on the base of the tin.


Source: Cornell Cookbook