Classic New York Cheesecake

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By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2011

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This easy cheesecake is very dense and rich in the traditional New York style. It’s effectively a custard using cream cheese. The custard cooks gently in the heat of the water bath, resulting in a cheesecake with a smooth top and no cracks, worth the extra effort.



  • cups/150 grams fine graham cracker/digestive biscuit crumbs (from about 10 whole crackers


Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C/gas 4.

Make the Crust

In a medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and sugar. Pour the butter over the crumbs and sugar and stir until the ingredients are evenly moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom o