No Bake Cheesecake - better than the "real thing"!
-I'm not exactly sure of the origins of this recipe. My mom used to make it all the time when I was little. It was my Dad's favorite and now it is Rob's favorite as well. I believe my aunt got this recipe from a sorority sister of hers back in the 60's. It's delicious.
First, you need to make a graham cracker crust. You can use a store bought one if you must. Personally I think they're nasty, but whatever floats your boat. Here's how to make a homemade one....
1 1/2 sleeves graham crackers
1/2 c sugar
1 stick (give or take) butter
-crush the graham crackers in a baggie. I usually throw them in a large ziplock, break them up some with my hands, then use a rolling pin to crush them up really fine.
-put the crumbs in a bowl and mix in the sugar
-let the butter soften, then either use your hands or a pastry cutter to mix in the butter (I use my hands, it's more fun).
-spread the mixture into a pie dish and press it firmly down in the bottom as well as along the sides.
-bake in a 350* preheated oven for roughly 10 min.
-make sure you allow the crust to cool before adding the filling!
1 pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. lemon juice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
-let the cream cheese soften, then mix the ingredients together on high, till it's not lumpy anymore (mine is usually still a little lumpy b/c I'm impatient and don't let the cream cheese soften enough).
-after the pie crust cools, spread the filling in the crust & place in the refrigerator for a few hours till it's firm. Don't eat too much at once or you'll get a belly ache!
That's about as original as my cooking gets. However, here are some links to some of my other favorite recipes!
these are worthy of being sold in a bakery, I promise!