Recipe: Montana Mom’s Dynamite Cheesecake (Moosewood Cookbook)

Montanas Mom’s Dynamite Cheesecake (from the Moosewood Cookbook)

Make it a day ahead, so it will have plenty of time to set.

Note: Use food processor or blender to make the graham cracker crumbs.

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (~15 rectangles)
1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted

Combine and press firmly into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan.

16 oz. (two packages) cream cheese, softened (Neufchatel works great too)
1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar or agave nectar*
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon rind

Preheat oven to 375°F.
Beat all filling ingredients together until smooth.
Pour onto crust and bake for 25 minutes, or until set. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. You will need the oven again, so either leave it on, or reheat it.

1 1/2 cups sour cream
3 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
NOTE: Instead of making this sour cream topping I have substituted Greek Gods Honey Yogurt before, as-is out of the container, and it is really yummy!

Reheat oven to 375°F.
Blend topping ingredients well and pour on top of cooled cake.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature, then cover tightly (still in the pan) and chill at least 12 hours.

* If using 1/3 cup sugar in the cheesecake filling I highly recommend serving with the puree AND some sweetened whipped cream for guests that want the option of sweetening their dessert. For my family, using 1/3 cup sugar is sufficient but, I think 1/2 cup is probably preferred by the masses.

HOW TO SERVE: I served it with a simple berry puree (2 cups frozen berries 1/2 cup sugar, boil then simmer, puree with a hand blender; continue simmering until thickened.  Strain the sauce if your berries have seeds.)  Serve with a generous pool of puree on the plate then decorate with a few fresh berries on top of the cheesecake.  Although the cheesecake is fine unadorned, I recommend serving with a good helping of sauce.


6 comments on “Recipe: Montana Mom’s Dynamite Cheesecake (Moosewood Cookbook)

  1. Rachel Grima says:

    Wow it looks reaaaally good! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  2. Joan Spiller says:

    You know how some recipes just draw you in and make you go “YUM”? The pic you have here did that to me! I now want cheesecake for breakfast lol – thanks for the recipe 🙂


  3. meelswa says:

    Joan: You COULD have this cheesecake for breakfast!!! Add some fruit and nuts and it’s a balanced meal! Seriously. Take a look at the ingredients. The sugar content is not too high and with some cheese and nuts you’ll get protein and mellow any blood sugar spikes. And, thanks for your photo compliment. I was happy with how it turned out also. Took awhile to get the lighting and angle just right but, this one makes you hungry!! 🙂


  4. […] of my go-to desserts which is tasty and relatively healthy (more about that below.)  Here’s a link to the cheesecake recipe from my other blog and here’s a link to my previous Juicy Mamas post which includes my gluten-free Almond Tart […]


  5. Evie says:

    I’ve been making this cheesecake for 30 years, right out of the Moosewood Cookbook. It’s the cheesecake I’ve ever eaten. Always a crowd pleaser!


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