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The Best Plain Cheesecake


2 cups graham cracker crumbs
½ cup butter, melted
2 pounds cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1-2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and press into bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool.
For filing, cream together cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, continually beating. Pour filling into crust. Bake for about 1 hour.
Stir together sour cream and sugar. Spread gently over cheesecake and return to oven for 5 more minutes. Cool. Store in refrigerator. Remove sides of pan before serving.