Yields 1 9-inch cheesecake
Graham Cracker Crust
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 T. sugar
4 T. butter or margarine, melted
Grease bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Combine all ingredients and blend well. Press crumb mixture into bottom of pan. Set aside.
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese
2 c. sugar
1/8 t. salt
½ t. lemon extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cream cheese, sugar, salt, and lemon extract until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Do not overmix batter. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Sour Cream Topping
1 c. sour cream
2 T. sugar
Fresh fruit or fruit pie filling, if desired
Whipped cream, if desired
Mix sour cream and sugar together and spoon over cheesecake. Decorate with slices of fresh fruit, canned fruit topping, or whipped cream, if desired.