Key Lime Cheese cake-Finally

2 Cups Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c sugar
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine

3 (8oz) packages cream cheese softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 8 oz container sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. grated lime find
1/2 cuup Key Lime juice

strawberry halves, lime slices, lime zest for garnish

STIR together first 3 ingredients and fimly prss on bottom and 1 inch up sides of a greased 9 inch springorm pan

BAKE @ 350 for 8 minutes cool

BEAT cream cheess at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add 1 1/4 cups sugar, beating until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in sour cream, rind and lime juice. Pour batter into crust

BAKE at 325 for 1 hour and 5 minutes. Turn oven off. Partially open door, let stand inoven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately run a knife around the edge of the pan, releasing sides

COOL completely in pan on a wire rack; cover and chill 8 hours. Garnish and serve with Strawberry Sauce

Strawberry Sauce: 1 1/4 cups fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp grated lime rind: process in food process until smooth

COMMENTS: not having a springform pan, I cheat and use the ready made crusts. If you do this it will make TWO cheesecakes

If you do not have access to fresh keylimes, you can (at least around here) find it at the store. .Nellie and Joes is one brand.

I haven't done it yet, but wanted to try rasberries for the sauce



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