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Marx Brothers Cheesecake

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  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon toasted pecans (about 2 ounce) finely ground
  • 2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 48 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F. Rub 2 tablespoons butter over bottom and up sides of a 10-inch diameter springform pan with 3 inch high sides. Add pecans, shaking and turning pan to coat bottom and sides.
  2. Mix cracker crumbs with remaining 1/4 cup butter in small bowl. Press into bottom of pan.
  3. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until softened.
  4. Add sugar, eggs, yolks and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  5. Fold in sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake until knife inserted 2 inches from center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours.
  7. Turn off oven. Leave cheesecake in oven for 20 minutes.
  8. Transfer to rack and cool completely.
  9. Refrigerate overnight.

Source: Bon Appetit, April 1989