Cheesecake Pie

We have been updating my kitchen over the past year. Right under the stairs we have this odd little corner that used to have a desk. We didn’t use the desk very often (and it wasn’t that well-built,) so when we put hardwoods in the kitchen we ripped it out. Now we are trying to find a piece of furniture that will fit into that spot. It can’t be very tall because the wall slants in at the top because of the stairwell, and it’s only about 40 inches wide. I would love to find something antique (like a sideboard) that has good storage space. We are finding pieces that are either too large or too small so it has been a bit of a challenge. Sigh.

Last week we decided to go to the Raleigh Flea Market because I read that they had the largest selection of antiques in the area (I read this somewhere other than their own ad:-)). They had lots of options but unfortunately we didn’t find what we were looking for (due to the size.) So I guess tomorrow or Sunday we will go on another expedition to search through consignment and antique shops in the area. We will find something I am sure, but it’s so hit or miss when you are looking for furniture.

Even though I wasn’t successful finding the server, I think everyone ended up buying something….and it was just fun wandering around looking. Taylor loved looking at some of the old Barbie’s and Smurfs. I probably could have spent another hour or two there. Funny, we have never been before and now I want to go back again this weekend! I’m sure I would have to go by myself because I am not sure if Jim or the girls thought it was as much fun.

My purchases were two “vintage” cookbooks which I love, love, love. I already found a bunch of recipes that I want to make from them. The first one was from a Church in Cary, NC and it was published in 1988 and the second book was from an Elementary school in Dunkirk, NY (which is relatively close to where I grew up) and it was also from 1988. So neither one is super old (can I even call them vintage?), but I still found some recipes that I haven’t seen before. Saw the word Oleo used several times, so that made me laugh.

This Cheesecake Pie recipe was in the church cookbook and it got my attention because it had a sour cream topping, which I have always loved on cheesecake, plus it used a graham cracker crust which is always Jim’s favorite.

Ella’s drama class did their final performance on Monday night so I thought that was dessert-worthy. Everyone loved this and I really liked the cheese cake to graham cracker crust ratio. Sometimes with a thick cheesecake the crust is very thin, but as you can see in the picture you got a good dose of graham cracker in each bite – it was great. You can certainly buy a graham cracker crust at the store, but making your own is sooo easy and it’s just so much better IMHO.

For the sauce, I just sliced up some strawberries, added sugar and then pureed in the food processor. You can run the purée through a fine strainer to get rid of the seeds, but I didn’t this time.

If you are looking for a nice dessert and love graham cracker crust, give this Cheesecake Pie a try! Enjoy!

Source:  Not By Bread Alone – Volume III

Cheesecake Pie
  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese - softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 graham cracker crust (I use the recipe on the side of the Keebler box)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Beat together softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Pour into prepared 9" graham cracker crust.
  2. Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 minutes
  3. Combine sour cream, sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Spread pie with topping and bake 7 minutes longer. Cool, then chill before serving.
  4. *Note - the pie is finished when it is no longer jiggly in the center. You may need to cook an additional five minutes or so. It will set even more after chilled but you don't want it to be underdone, either.


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  1. Mmmmm. Becki this pie is calling my name! It seems so easy to make. I’ve got to try this asap 🙂

  2. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    I love going to flea market too. Your lucky to have found the old cookbooks, I love looking at cookbooks. This cheesecake looks and sounds delicious.

  3. This sounds so yummy!

  4. I know Sean and I would LOVE this. Have you tried the Purple Polka Dot in Cary yet? Love their stuff…

  5. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Elliefar says:

    I love antique furniture – not that we have much. It is so well built – we got Dan’s mum and dads dining room table and chairs. He did them up and I love them. So much better than what we had before.
    It must have been fun to wander round and look at everything.
    Now as soon as I saw the word cheescake you had me hooked :)) I LOVE cheesecake. This one sounds quite simple to make and looks delicious.

  7. I think 20 years is considered vintage. I love old cookbooks and looking through antique shops. Good luck in your hunt! I hope you find the perfect thing. The pie looks delectable! I like the sour cream topping.

  8. Congratulations to Ella! I used to make cheesecake a lot, but haven’t made it in quite a while. This pie looks great, and I agree it’s always best to make your own crust. The cookbooks sound like fun!

  9. I’ve never tried a cheesecake with a sour cream topping. I bet the tanginess of it is awesome with the sweet cream cheese layer. Yeah, I’d call those books vintage. My shelves are stacked with old cookbooks. I LOVE flipping through them. I have a very old Chinese cookbook I picked up recently and it calls for MSG in every recipe. Makes me grin every time.

  10. I love old cookbooks too. I’ve been collecting them for several years…most of mine are older than those, I love cooking from them. Your cheesecake sounds really tasty.

  11. This looks so delicious, Becki! I’m a total crust girl, so the more the merrier. This would be perfect for an upcoming potluck I’m going to. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Old church cookbooks are always the best! My mom has a little collection of them and they are probably the most well used cookbooks in her kitchen. The cheesecake looks wonderful, and the sour cream topping sounds interesting but also really good! 🙂

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