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     Janet's Cheesecake

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Preptime   30 minutes

4 8 oz packages cream cheese, full fat or neufchâtel, softened
1 16 oz container sour cream, room temperature
1 stick butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate from the can
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups crushed ginger snap crumbs gluten free can be used
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter cool cut in pieces
gluten free cookies make this recipe gluten free.
any crushed cookie can be used in the recipe.
finely ground nuts can be used in the buttered pan instead of cookies.
do not add sugar toast if desired prior to grinding or use preground

for crust- combine crumbs, sugar. work in butter. spread in 10 inch spring form pan or buttered 13x 9 inch pan, up the sides slightly and over the seam of a springform pan. bake at 350 degrees until brown and fragrant about 5 to 7 minutes. remove from oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees.
while crust is baking, cream cheese until no lumps are visible. add sugar and cream well. add butter and cream well. mix in sour cream, vanilla, salt, and orange juice. its fine if the juice is still frozen. add eggs one at a time mixing well on medium speed mix well. pour into crust.
If using springform pan cover the bottom outside with aluminum foil before adding filling. if using a 13x9 pan this is not necessary. add filling. place in a pan larger than the cheesecake pan and add water to about half way up the inner pan. bake for about one hour at 300 degrees. cheese cake should be risen but flat. it should jiggle slightly in the center. if not done after an hour check at five minute intervals , but check every five minutes until done. turn off oven and leave in until cool to prevent cracking. serve chilled.
if desired remove 1 cup filling before baking and stir in 1/2 package of melted chocolate chips into reserved batter. swirl into cheesecake after putting the bulk of the batter in crust. bake as directed
Serving Suggestions
serve with fresh raspberries or strawberries, or cherries that have been thickened, sweetened and chilled.

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