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Say Cheese!

Just one bite of this crustless cheesecake will put a smile on your face.

by Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

My family and I love cheesecake, but traditional cheesecake can be time consuming to make, and usually needs a “steam bath” while baking. I came across this recipe more than 30 years ago, gave it a few tweaks, and I’ve been making it at the request of family and friends ever since. It’s cheesecake without the fuss and without the traditional crust, but it’s absolutely delicious so I can never make just one!

Lisa’s Easy & Delicious Crustless Cheese Pie
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
2/3 cup granulated raw sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Sour Cream Topping:
1 cup sour cream
3 tbsp granulated raw sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, eggs, 2/3 cup raw sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat with an electric mixer until ingredients are well combined and fluffy. Pour batter into a pie pan greased with non-stick cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then let cool on wire rack for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl add sour cream, 3 tablespoons raw sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla, stir well and set aside.

After pie has cooled for 20 minutes spoon sour cream mixture on top center of cheese pie and spread gently leaving about an inch all the way around the pie free of the sour cream mixture as a “crust.” Place pie back into the oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes longer and let cool 30 minutes on a wire rack, then place pie in the refrigerator for three to four hours. Before serving, place a piece of pie onto a serving dish, add pineapple topping or fruit topping of your choice. Serve.

Pineapple Topping:
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
2-3 tablespoons granulated raw sugar

In a small bowl, add the pineapple and sugar, mix well. Place topping in refrigerator for an hour or longer before adding a few tablespoons on top of each slice of pie before serving. Note: You can use regular granulated sugar or sugar substitute of choice in this recipe.

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is author of Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes, Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II, and children’s books Snicker Learns An Important Lesson and Readers’ Favorite 5-Star rated Little Twinkle Learns Her Purpose.

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