Things I Love about NY

As a Native New Yorker there are so many things I love about this city.

Living in 5 different countries as an ex-patriot made me miss the sights, sounds and most of all the food.

My favorite treasure is NY Cheesecake. At 4 inches high the rich, creamy and surprisingly low sugar (only 1 cup) desert is a hit every time.

Here is the recipe:
1 ½ cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter
38 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 eggs, 2 egg yolks
Zest of 1 lemon & 1 orange
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly coat a 10 inch spring form pan with spray oil.
2. To make the crust: Combine 1 1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs, 1/2 cup butter. Spread to the edges of the pan. Bake 10 minutes at 400 degrees F Allow to cool.
3. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F (In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cups sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 5 eggs and the yolks and mix thoroughly. Add cream and mix only enough to blend.
4. Pour filling over crust and bake for 10 minutes at 475 degrees F. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F and continue to bake for one hour. Turn oven off, but leave cake in for another hour. Don't worry if it looks a little jiggly in the center.
5. Chill overnight. This is imperative! Top with your favorite fruit pie filling.

Here are some more things to love about NY: