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Pen & Pencil Cheesecake
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Pen & Pencil, New York, New York

Serves/Makes:1 cake

  • 3 lbs (1.4 kg) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 lb (.5 kg) sugar
  • 4 oz (112 grm) heavy cream
  • 4 oz (112 grm) half and half
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 oz (28 grm) vanilla
  • 1/4 lb (.1 kg) butter
  • 1 cup (225 ml) (approximately) graham cracker crumbs
  • Mix cream cheese in a mixer for 5 minutes, then slowly add heavy cream and mix for 3 minutes more.
  • Add eggs very slowly, while mixing for an additional 4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except butter and graham cracker crumbs, and mix for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Note, for Strawberry Cheesecake, add 32 oz (896 grm) of strawberries that have been "mushed" in a food processor, during the final mixing.
  • Add the egg yolk and mix for another 15 seconds.
  • Grease the inside of a deep, 10 inch springform pan with butter.
  • Make a paste of graham cracker crumbs and butter, and line the inside of the pan with the mixture.
  • Strain the cream cheese mix through a large strainer and place into the pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees (175 C.) in a double boiler (water bath) for about 2 hours.

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