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Classic New York Cheesecake

New York cheesecake steps up a notch than the traditional cheesecake with its more decadent flavor and generous cream cheese. You can bring this recipe to an even higher level of taste and quality when it's made with KitchenAid. Learn more about the KitchenAid appliances used in this recipe: KitchenAid 21L Digital Countertop Oven KitchenAid Stand Mixers


15 mins


35 mins




8 inch pan


For the crust:

For the cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the KitchenAid 21L Digital Countertop Oven to 350ºF (176ºC) using bake function.
  2. For the crust: stir the graham crumbs, sugar and melted butter until evenly combined and press this into the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch springform pan.
  3. Bake this for 10 minutes, then cool. Brush the sides of the pan with a little melted butter.
  4. For the cheesecake: increase the oven temperature to 400ºF (205ºC).
  5. In a KitchenAid stand mixer fitted with the flat beater accessory, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time, and scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl often.
  6. Beat in the cornstarch, vanilla and lemon zest.
  7. Beat in the eggs one at a time, on a lower speed, and scraping after each addition, then beat in the yolk.
  8. Still on low speed, beat in ¾ cup of sour cream. Scrape this over the cooled crust.
  9. Bake the cheesecake for 10 minutes at 400ºF (205ºC) and then reduce the oven temperature to 225ºF (107ºC) and bake for 25 more minutes. Turn off the oven, and leave the cheesecake in for an hour, cracking the oven door after 30 minutes. While the cheesecake is baking, prepare the sour cream layer.
  10. Stir the remaining ¾ cup of sour cream with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar and the lemon juice. Spread this over the top of the cheesecake as soon as it has come out of the oven.
  11. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely to room temperature, then carefully run a spatula around the outside of the cheesecake to loosen it from the pan, then chill the cheesecake for at least 6 hours before slicing and serving. The cheesecake will be good, if refrigerated, for up to 4 days.