Bob's Best New York Cheesecake


Crust: 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
Grated zests of 1 orange & 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (not melted)

Filling: 2.5 lbs. Cream cheese, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp "Signature Secrets" Culinary Thickener (sub: 3 Tbsp flour)
Grated zests of 1 orange & 1 lemon
5 large eggs + 2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract

Topping: 2 cans cherry pie filling

Prepare Pan: Reverse bottom of 10.5" wide by 2.5" high springform pan (so cake can be easily removed). Lightly grease sides & bottom of pan. Preheat oven to 400F.

Prepare Crust: Combine flour, sugar, orange & lemon zest. Mix well. With pastry cutter, cut in egg yolks, vanilla and butter until uniform. Knead into ball. Separate dough into 2 pieces of 1/3 and 2/3 of total. Roll out smaller piece to size of pan bottom and line pan bottom. Bake at 400 degrees F until lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Let bottom crust cool.

Re-assemble pan bottom (with crust) onto side. Roll out & line pan side with remaining dough. Seal side crust to bottom crust. Set aside.

Prepare Filling: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Dry blend culinary thickener with sugar; set aside. Beat cream cheese, culinary thickener/sugar blend, lemon & orange zests until smooth. Add eggs & yolks, one at a time, then vanilla, beating on low speed and scraping bowl until uniformly incorporated.

Pour filling into crust; place on baking pan. "Tent" outside perimeter of cake with aluminum foil to prevent crust from over-browning. Bake in middle of oven 10 minutes at 450 degrees F; lower temp to 225 degrees F; bake for additional 1 hour or until cake is firm (150 degrees F internal temp and thermometer probe comes out clean). Shut off oven; leave cake in oven for about an hour.

Remove from oven. Cool to room temp on rack. Remove sides and slide cake off pan bottom and onto cardboard circle or serving plate. Refrigerate to cool. Top with cherry pie filling. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.