Classic Vanilla Cheesecake

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Classic Vanilla CheesecakeYou can’t go wrong with a vanilla cheesecake, this one is easy; and letting it cool in the oven for an hour should stop the top from cracking.


  • base of your choice
  • 450 g (1 lb) full-fat cream cheese
  • 100 g (3½ oz) sour cream
  • 150 g (5 oz/⅔ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F/Gas 2).
  2. Put everything except the egg yolks in the cup of your blender and blitz. Add the yolks and blitz again. Give the whole mixture a good shake to make sure it's smooth and pour out onto your base of choice.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes – it should have risen a little and be slightly browned on top with a slight wobble in the centre. Leave to cool in the switched-off oven for 1 hour before allowing to cool completely at room temperature and putting in the fridge to settle.

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