Simple Creamy Cheesecake

slice of cheese cake
slice of cheese cake

Simple Creamy Cheesecake

The simple creamy cheesecake got it’s start in the U.S. around 1929 from the legendary Turf restaurant. The restaurant was owned by Arnold Reuben Jr.  After winning the gold medal in the 1929 World’s Fair for the first and only cheesecake, the secret got out. Soon it became an American legend, almost as legendary as apple pie.  Interestingly enough, Reuben was of Jewish decent, hailing from Germany.  Is there a connection to the German version of cheesecake?  Yes, there most definitely is.  The biggest difference between the two is the type of cheese used.

In contrast to the German recipe, they use quark, which is hard to define by American terms.  It’s not a yogurt, it’s not a ricotta, but it’s something in-between.  As we know, in the American version, we rely solely on cream cheese, eggs and sugar.  The finale as we say, is the top layer of sugar and sour cream.  Yup, it really is that simple.  I salute you, Arnold Reuben Jr for not only taking a fine recipe and making it legendary, but you also gave America something to brag about. 

Cheesecake has made its way to the top of the Thanksgiving dessert list and tables year after year.  Every American knows cheesecake, and I have yet to meet one who doesn’t love it.   There’s been restaurants named after this dessert and let’s not deny that we all tend to love cheesecake a bit more the next day.  Even though this American staple has been around for almost one hundred years, it’s the first time I every tried making it.  Was my version deserving of the gold medal in the World’s Fair?   

Simplest Creamy Delicious Cheesecake

 I guess you’d have to give it a whirl and decide for yourself. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake, Cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 cake


For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups petit beurre or graham crackers, crushed
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

For the filling:

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 pint sour cream for top layer
  • 1/4 cup sugar for top layer


For the crust

  • assemble all your ingredients.  yes, there are only a few, but it’s complicated to keep going to the fridge to get this and that. 
    ingredients for simple creamy cheesecake
  • once all assembled, crush your crackers in a food processor until smooth
    crushed crackers in bowl
  • add your melted butter
    Butter added to crust base
  • stir up with a wooden spoon
    Stir it up with spoon
  • assemble crust into bottom of your spring form pan.  use a measuring cup to smooth out the edges and ensure an even crust
    crust spread into spring form evenly

For the filling:

  • mix the cream cheese, sugar and eggs, one at a time, and be careful not to over-mix
    Mix of cream cheese, sugar and eggs
  • assemble the mixture and pour over the crust.
    cheese cake mix, ready to pour over base
  • tap the sides of the pan to help out any air bubbles that might be trapped.
    Bake @ 180 C. for about 25-30 min. or until center is firm and not jiggly
    Baked first layer
  • mix the sour cream and sugar
    Sour cream layer mix
  • take baked cake out of the oven, let cool for about 10 min., meanwhile, increase oven temperature to 200 C., Pour mixture over top of cooled cake. 
    second layer bake
  • bake for an additional 10 minutes.
    finish bake of simple cheese cake
  • Let cool then chill for at least 4 hours. 
    slice of cheese cake

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