Book Direct For Best Rates

San Juan Island Recipes – Perfectly Plain Cheesecake

Tucker House Inn a Friday Harbor Hotel on San Juan Island

Perfectly Plain Cheesecake

Makes 12 servings.
NOTE: It is very important that the cream cheese, eggs and cream be at room temperature. You may need to let them sit out for an hour before beginning to make this recipe.

Bottom crust
2 c. graham cracker crumbs
2 TBLS. sugar
1/2 c. butter (1 stick) melted and cooled

Cheesecake filling
3 (8-oz.) packages of cream cheese softened to room temperature
1 c. sugar
3 eggs room temperature1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 TBLS. lemon juice
1 c. heavy cream, room temperature

Directions;
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (315 degrees F. for convection oven).
2. Cover the bottom of an 8-inch with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil making a double water proof bottom for the springform pan. Cut an 8” round piece of parchment to cover the bottom of the springform pan.
3. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, two tablespoons of sugar, and the cooled butter in a bowl.
4. Use your hands to firmly press the cookie crumb mixture evenly onto the parchment paper on the bottom of the pan and half way up the sides. Place the springform pan into the larger ovenproof pan and set aside.
5. Mix creamcheese on high speed for 3 minutes, add sugar and mix for another minute.
6. At medium speed, add eggs, one at a time. Add lemon juice and vanilla.
7. On low speed, add cream and mix for two minutes. Scrape down the sides, bottom so mixture is smooth.
8. Pour the mixture into the crust.
9. Place the two (2) pans into the oven on the middle rack, and fill the larger with hot water about half way up the sides of your cheesecake pan. Bake until golden brown and edges are firm to about 1 inch from the edge of pan, or about one hour.
10. Turn off the oven, crack the door open, but leave the cheesecake in the oven two until it is cool enough to touch. During this time, the remaining part of the cheesecake will firm up so that it does not “jiggle” when the pan is moved. DO NOT CHECK FOR DONENESS BY INSERTING ANYTHING IN YOUR CHEESECAKE. NOTE: There should be no wet spots or liquid areas in the center of the cheesecake. Remember that a cheesecake continues to cook when it is removed from the oven.
11. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. remove the foil covering the bottom of the springform pan.

NOTE: Cool the cheesecake in the refrigerator completely (at least 1 hour) before attempting to remove from the springform pan.

To remove, run a wet sharp knife carefully between the cheesecake and the inside of the springform pan, then simply release the sides and push the cheesecake up out of the pan. The parchment round on the bottom of the cheesecake will make it easy to slide the cheesecake onto a serving plate.

Lodging and Dining Friday Harbor, WA San Juan Island
Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn
Coho Restaurant

Recent Posts

Hike out to the Cattle Point Lighthouse on San Juan Island

Something that we have in abundance on the San Juan Islands are scenic vistas, and the Cattle Point Lighthouse is a particularly picturesque lookout area—with views stretching out to the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and the surrounding islands. The south side of San Juan Island has a striking landscape with

Read More »

The Best San Juan Island Lodging for your next Getaway

When you begin hunting for your San Juan Island Lodging for your next getaway, you won’t find anything better than our San Juan Island Inn Collection. The Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn offer an array of accommodation styles for romantic getaways for two, family-friendly trips (including your pets),

Read More »

An Elegant Meal at Coho Restaurant

Dining out in the Northwest is a pure delight. We’re known in this corner of Washington State for our abundance of fresh seafood, farm-grown produce, local proteins, and foraged ingredients. The menu at Coho Restaurant in Friday Harbor showcases these ingredients with elegant preparations and innovative recipes. You’ll quickly see

Read More »
Scroll to Top

Get our Travel Planner to the San Juan Islands.  20+ pages outlining the Best of the Best!