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I have quite a few older recipes that I still need to post, but this one was yummy so I want to share it!!

It was my husband’s birthday on Saturday. He is not a big birthday person – he hates to have any sort of a fuss on his birthday. Plus, he had to work that night, so I think it made him even less happy about a birthday. I still wanted to make him a cake to eat on Sunday, but I didn’t know what to make. He is not a big frosting lover. I remember when we were dating and it was his birthday, I had my sister make a cake for him since I was working all day, and I was also living in her basement at the time without a kitchen of my own. She made what my family often had for dessert, a white cake with chocolate frosting. Growing up, that was always the cake that was sure to please every member of the family. I took Josh out to dinner that night, and then back to have cake. It was then that I learned of his dis-like of frosting. I later learned that the cake that was made was probably his least favorite kind of cake!! Oh well, no birthday cake for him that year, but I’m sure my nieces and nephew enjoyed it!! So about a week before Josh’s birthday this year, I started asking him what kind of cake he wanted. I knew to steer away from anything with frosting, (although he did love Dorie’s celebration cake that I made and ate several pieces!) but that didn’t leave much to choose from. He suggested a Better than Anything cake, but that wasn’t special enough for a birthday in my eyes. So I decided to go for a cheesecake.

Both my husband and I are huge cheesecake lovers. And although I have made quite a few recipes that are really good, I am always on the lookout for the perfect cheesecake recipe. I remembered trying this recipe years and years ago and liking it, but I didn’t really remember it so I decided to go for it again. I actually made this recipe a few months ago for a co-workers birthday. It was good, but did not end up pretty at all. Strange thing about this recipe – it says to bake the main cheesecake portion for only 20 minutes. I have never seen a cheesecake that only bakes for 20 minutes!! Usually it is 45min to an hour. I did end up baking it a little longer, but decided to trust the recipe. When I sliced into it at work the next day, it was not as firm as I like my cheesecake, but not overly runny. It just didn’t stay together all that well, so I decided to wait and post about it once I had a chance to modify a few things. I increased the cooking time to 50 minutes this time around and changed the crust up a bit. The cheesecake was wonderful. I know some people like their cheesecake light and fluffy, and some like it dense and heavy. This is a happy medium. It is super creamy and there is a sour cream layer on top that adds wonderfully to the richness of the cake. I wanted to do a chocolate cookie crust, and that part still needs some work. I looked through several cheesecake recipes, and none of them said to cook the crust first. So, I didn’t cook mine, but the crust ended up super soggy. This happened last time I made this recipe as well. I even cut back on the butter, but I really think I might cook the crust for 10 minutes next time before adding the filling. We ate our cheesecake with diced strawberries and it was perfect. I have included a separate picture without the topping so you can see the layers a little better.

A little about the cookbook: I have had this cookbook for years, and although I have only made a handful of recipes out of it, it is my go-to book for classic dessert recipes. The sugar cookie recipe is perfect, and the recipe for carrot cake is one of the best I have come across. The Lion House is a historic house located in Salt Lake City, UT. It was built in 1856 by Brigham Young, a Mormon prophet and the founder of Salt Lake City. You can tour the house or visit the restaurant – The Lion House Pantry (which is known for their wonderful dinner rolls). The recipes in this book come from several of the restaurants located in Temple Square – The Lion House Pantry, The Roof, The Garden, and the Carriage Court (which I believe is no longer there, as the hotel where it was located is no longer in business.) To me, most of the recipes are very simple and basic – no frou-frou here. If you are ever in Salt Lake, I would recommend visiting one of these restaurants. The view from The Roof is amazing, and Temple Square is a beautiful sight to see.

I’m posting the recipe as I made it – but if you plan to make it, the crust will need some adjusting (unless you like your crust soggy!!)

Lion House Cheesecake
adapted from Lion House Desserts

2 cups chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos), rolled fine
1/4 cup brown sugar
5 Tablespoons butter

3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 pint sour cream
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix crust ingredients. Press firmly into a 9 or 10 inch springform pan, lining bottom and sides. Set aside.

2. In a large mixer bowl, beat cream cheese well. Add sugar a little at a time; add eggs one at a time; add vanilla. Combine thoroughly. Pour into crust. Bake 50 minutes at 350F. While cheesecake is baking, prepare topping.

3. In a small mixer bowl whip sour cream; add sugar gradually; add vanilla. Pour over baked cheesecake and bake at 500F for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 10 to 12 servings

**I just realized while typing this up that the original recipe calls for it to be baked in a pie pan, not a springform pan. I wonder if this is why the cooking time is regularly only 20 minutes. Hmmm…….

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8 Responses to Lion House Cheesecake

  1. Meeta says:

    Happy Birthday to your hubby and what an awesome treat you served up for him!

  2. Cheryl says:

    Oh that looks so insanely creamy and delicious. I just love the contrast in the colors too.

  3. kellypea says:

    Mmmmm….cheesecake. I’ve had cheesecake for my birthday since I was about 12. This one looks fabulous. I don’t especially care for frosting either, so most of our cakes are covered with flavored or sweetened cream. Ganache doesn’t count as frosting in my book, tho…Does he like that?

  4. Sara says:

    Looks so good! Cheesecake with sour cream on top is my favorite.

  5. Kelly-Jane says:

    Happy Birthday to hubby, it looks like a beautiful special cheesecake!

  6. KJ says:

    Oh this looks so good. Lovely and creamy and delicious. A very special birthday treat indeed.

  7. Dilip says:

    great cheesecake…if you have any eggless recipes…please pass em on…thanks for sharing

  8. Tartelette says:

    What a great birthday treat!
    Looks delicious. Nothing beats cheesecake!

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