Easy Basic Cheesecake {Bella’s Cheesecake}

This is Bella Raksin’s cheesecake recipe. She was my neighbor. My best friend’s mom. A beautiful and graceful woman. An amazing baker. My sister Tova makes this recipe every week for Shabbat breakfast, and now that my son’s favorite food is cheesecake so do I. It’s a quick and basic cheesecake recipe that always hits the spot. In my family we call it “Bella’s Cheesecake”.

12 oz of whipped cream cheese (1 and a half containers if using 8 oz containers)
1/2 cup of sour cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablesspoon vanilla sugar
1 graham cracker crust

Blend the cream cheese, sour cream eggs, sugar, and vanilla together. Pour cheese mixture into crust. Bake on 350′ for an hour. Serve plain with fresh fruit and chocolate sauce on the side, or top with strawberry slices and chocolate spread, or jam heated up and spread on top or caramel sauce. It’s a simple basic recipe that tastes great on it’s own or with whatever topping you are craving at the moment!

~ Recipe submitted by Nina Safar in honor of Bella Raksin

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