The Key Lime Cheesecake was the birthplace of my passion for baking. It was the first baked good I made from scratch by myself (that ended in a success), and since then, I've been in love with baking! :)
The recipe has evolved some and turned into Key Lime Cheesecake Bars:
Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup butter, melted
3 (8 oz each) cream cheese packages, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup whipped topping
1. Mix graham crackers and butter. Press into bottom of 9x13 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
2. Beat cream cheese in a large bowl. Add lime zest and juice. Sift in flour and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined. Pour over crust.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F or any of the below signs show. Cool before removing from pan. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. Cut into pieces and top with whipped topping just before serving. Enjoy!
Note: If you're crushing graham crackers yourself, you'll need about 11 sheets of graham crackers.
How To Tell If Your Cheesecake Is Done Baking
The batter of the cheesecake will look differently when its done compared to cake-like batters. For example, the surface will be firm but the center will look wobbly. This means there should be no liquid on top, but if you were to shake the pan, a circle in the center with a 2-3 inch radius would jiggle. The top should not be browned or cracked.
When you see this, just leave it in the oven and let it cool down to prevent collapsing or cracks.
Another way to prevent cracks during baking is to place the cheesecake in another pan with water that almost reaches the top of the cheesecake. You can wrap your cheesecake pan in aluminum foil if you're worried any of the water will seep into the cheesecake.
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Nutritional Benefits of Limes (and Lemons)
-high in Vitamin C
-low in calories
-fights against cancer, scurvy, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, fever, and more
-good for skin care, digestion, eye care, weight loss, and more
1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.