I have always referred to this as Auntie Kay's cheesecake because she is the first that made it for me. I love it so much that I'd request it on every birthday. It has gotten so many compliments, with most people saying it's the best cheesecake they've ever had. It's surprisingly simple. I prefer it plain, but it's also good with fresh seasonal strawberries or a fresh blueberry sauce (I just combine fresh blueberries with a tiny bit of sugar and a touch of lemon juice and heat while stirring on the stove top until the berries start to soften). Cool completely before topping the cheesecake with the berries, or serve on the side and let your guests spoon over their dessert if desired.
Prep Time: About 20 minutes
Bake Time: 55 minutes
Cool and Chill: 4 hours minimum
Yield: One 9" cheesecake