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Classic Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Sauce

Servings: 12-16
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tbsp. (3/4 stick/3 oz./85g) butter or margarine, melted
4 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs

Passion Fruit Sauce (see recipe below)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F/160 degrees C.

In a medium bowl mix together crumbs, the 1/2 cup sugar and melted butter; press firmly onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

Beat cream cheese, the 1 cup sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.

Bake for 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Loosen cake from side of pan; cool before removing side of pan. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Serve with Passion Fruit Sauce. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Passion Fruit Sauce

1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup passion fruit pulp
Juice of 2 lemons

Boil water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add passion fruit and lemon juice and boil for a further 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Serve cooled sauce over slices of cheesecake.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: March 4, 2007