Sue Carnase, of the Bronx, New York, made the best cheesecake ever. It was tested many times in double-blind taste tests and it always came out at the top of the rankings. Here is her recipe, in her own words, with a slight modification that will make the recipe gluten free.
“In a large bowl cream together 1 pound each of cream cheese, softened, and ricotta and one cup sugar and beat in 4 large eggs at room temperatures, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter melted and cooled, 3 tablespoons each of gluten free flour mix* and cornstarch, and 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 teaspoon fresh lemon rind, beat mixture well until well combined. Fold in 2 cups sour cream, pour batter in ungreased 9 inch springform pan and bake the cake in the middle of a preheated moderately slow oven (325) for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The cake will be soft in the center. TURN OFF THE HEAT (DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR.) Let the cake stand in the oven for 2 hours. Let the cake cool completely in the pan on a rack and chill it loosely covered for at least 4 hours. Remove the sides of pan and transfer cake to a plate. You can freeze it at this point. Remove from the freezer the day before use and refrigerate.
HINTS: Cheesecakes often crack while baking and some rise high and later fall, but these are not matters of concern. Cheesecakes do not take kindly to sudden changes in temperature. SO DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR DURING THE BAKING.
I find it much easier to cream the cheeses by putting them through the Cuisinart.”
*original recipe called for wheat flour
Further notes from GF-Zing!: The batter will fill most of the pan and during the baking the cake will rise to the very top of the pan or higher. Do NOT use a smaller pan than called for in the recipe. Full fat ricotta makes a nice cake. We use Friendship brand sour cream because its only ingredients are milk, cream and enzymes. We line the bottom of the spring form pan with parchment paper to make transferring the cake to a plate a little easier.
Shopping List for Susie’s Cheesecake:
1 pound cream cheese
1 pound ricotta
4 large eggs