I made this cheesecake as a dessert side for a fondue dinner party, and it was a big hit. It was my very first cheesecake, so I was extremely nervous about my abilities to properly make one, but everyone raved about it and ate their full slices (even after completely gorging ourselves on meat fondue.) I did wind up with one small crack, though that was no fault of the recipe, but a fault of my own. Since I was completely new to making cheesecake, I didn't let the cream cheese soften enough, and therefore had to overbeat the batter in order to get rid of the lumps. I'd therefore advise any one making this recipe to spend the time to allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature. Even despite my overbeating, however, I still only had one tiny crack, which was a better result than I expected. I added a small basin of water in a pyrex dish underneath the cheesecake to also help eliminate cracking. In the future, I'd maybe eliminate the four from the recipe, in order to make the cheesecake a bit creamier. Oh, FYI, my boyfriend made a wonderful strawberry topping by mixing strawberries with 1/3 cup sugar in a saucepan and whisking it. Perfect!
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I made this cheesecake as a dessert side for a fondue dinner party, and it was a big hit. It...