Cheesecake: a Remedy for Anxiety

Today on July 2 I will have the first CT scan after completing my treatment. I am confident that I will receive good news, but also I am a bit scared. Under these circumstances I guess that feeling a bit anxious is something “natural.”

In this sense, I decided to bake bake a tasty classic Cheesecake. I came across the recipe on the Real and Simple magazine. This recipe is easy-to-make and a  fantastic dessert that worth sharing with all of you.

Thank you for reading and specially for your prayers. Love Bea

Classic Cheesecake
Real & Simple
Easy | Servings 10

For the Pie Crust:

  • 18  graham crackers (2 sleeves)
  • 1/2  cup  (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt

For the Cake:

  • 1  cup  plus 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3  8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2  cups  sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  pure vanilla extract
  • 3  large eggs, at room temperature

Cherry sauce:

  • 1  10-ounce bag frozen cherries
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt
  • 1  tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
  1. Make the cake: Heat oven to 325° F (160 C). In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until fine crumbs form. Add the butter, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and pulse to combine. Using a straight-sided dry measuring cup, press the mixture into the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and 1 cup of the remaining sugar on medium speed until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and beat to combine. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake until just set (the center will be slightly wobbly), 50 to 60 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Spread over the hot cheesecake, then bake until set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool to room temperature in the pan, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Run a knife around the edge of the cheesecake before unmolding.
  4. Make the cherry sauce: In a large skillet, combine the cherries, sugar, salt, and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the mixture begins to thicken, 4 to 6 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water. Add to the cherries in the skillet and cook, stirring, until the mixture is thick and syrupy, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Let cool completely. Serve with the cheesecake.

Cooking tip: The key on this recipe are the ingredients kept at room temperature. Also since I am not the best at making the pie crust from scratch, I prefer to buy the pie crust at the grocery store. My favorite brand is Keebler. Finally, I didn’t have all the ingredients for the cherry sauce, so I skipped the step and used marmalade instead.

14 thoughts on “Cheesecake: a Remedy for Anxiety

  1. Hello Bea
    Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of
    you and Dave. There is a plaque that hangs in the classroom I work in that says “Never give up
    Miracles happen everyday”. The kids I work
    with have many disabilities. It makes me
    appreciate my kids everyday. But I have witnessed miracles they do happen.
    We love you & you are always in our prayers.
    Lori , Chuck , Brittany , Charlie and Bailey.


    • Thank you Lori!
      yes, miracles happen everyday especially when we believe that good things happen all the time!
      I can attest that miracles happen!
      love, bea


  2. Betty: Que maravillosa noticia que compartimos esta felicidad todos los que te querémos, te felicitamos a ti, a Dave y a todos tus seres queridos que por cierto son muchos :)))


  3. Que rica receta sister!!!!!! La voy a hacer y ya te contaré que tal me queda jejeje!!!. Todo va a salir excelente en tus resultados!!!. Rafa y yo te mandamos tooooooodas las bendiciones y tooodas las vibras positivas para hoy y siempre!!!!. Te queremos mucho y ya pronto nos veremos. Besos sister!!!! y mucho mucho ánimo y mucha mucha fé!!!!!


  4. Hola Betty!
    Cómo salió el cheesecake? Y espero que hayan sido puras buenas noticias con respecto a tu recuperación.
    Te mando un abrazo muy apretado y todo mi cariño.


    • hola tania! el cheescake esta buenisimo, receta muy facil de hacer!!
      gracias a Dios segun la doctora y los estudios que me hicieron, el cancer ya fue eliminado. Solo tengo que estar en tratamiento para mis pulmones que tienen un poco de dano por una de las medicinas de la quimio, pero bueno ya es algo mucho menor. Muchos abrazos y gracias por estar al pendiente!!!


  5. Betty:

    Tenemos mucha fe y confianza que los resultados van a ser muy alentadores y que pronto estes pasando la página, para que todo quede como una etapa superada que te hizo ser mejor persona y que nos trasmitiste esta noble y positiva actitud que pudimos constatar.



    • thank you for your possitive words and prayers. i am happy to share that according to my doctor i am cancer free. the only thing now is that my lungs need to recover from some damage from one of the chemo medicines, but finally i will be able to rest a bit.


  6. Betty: Muchos estaremos pensando en ti mañana; como siempre. Desde acá un abrazote con todo mi cariño y apoyo.


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