Make social distancing sweet! Bake a cheesecake at home with the Clog

Pariswi Tewari/Staff

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Here at the Clog, we understand that these coming months hold a lot of uncertainty for our student body, as well as for the rest of the world. In light of recent events, we’ve come up with a fun and delicious destressing recipe that you can make in the comfort of your own home with relatively few ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 4 packs of cream cheese
  • 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of crushed graham crackers, or any cookies you’ve got lying around (Biscoff cookies work really well with this recipe too!)
  • 1⁄3 stick of butter, melted

Directions

Leave the cream cheese, sour cream and eggs out for 4-5 hours, or until they get to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the melted butter, the crushed graham crackers and one-fourth cup of the granulated sugar together in a bowl. Lightly spray your pan with oil, then press the mixture into the pan to form a crust.

Whisk the cream cheese and one cup of granulated sugar together, then add in the sour cream, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix together until you have a smooth, uniform consistency and be careful not to overmix! Overmixing can cause your cheesecake to crack in the oven.

Wrap the bottom of your pan in aluminum foil and empty your cheesecake mixture on top of the graham cracker crust. Then, add water to a second, larger tray and place your cheesecake pan inside the second container. This water bath helps ensure that your cheesecake stays light and moist and prevents browning along the edges.

Slide the tray containing the cheesecake pan into the oven and bake for approximately 40-60 minutes, or until the cheesecake is almost completely cooked. Let the cheesecake cool down in the water bath with the oven turned off for one hour. You will know that the cheesecake is sufficiently cooked if it wobbles when you move the pan. Once your cheesecake has cooled, cut and serve with fresh fruits, jam or even ice cream!

We hope that this recipe gives you some inspiration during this confusing time. Take a deep breath, bake some delicious goods with the people you love and do your part to protect our community. From everyone here at the Clog, we wish you and yours a safe and healthy year ahead!

Contact Pariswi Tewari at [email protected].