1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
1/4 cup key lime juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sour cream
3 tablespoons sugar
Fresh strawberries, optional
Lime slices, optional
Combine first 4 ingredients; stir well. Press mixture evenly
over bottom and up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees
for 5-6 minutes. Let cool. Beat cream cheese until light and
fluffy; gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one
at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in lime rind,
juice, and vanilla. Pour mixture in prepared pan. Bake at 375 degrees
for 45 minutes or until set. Combine sour cream and 3 tablespoons
sugar. Stir well and spread evenly over cheesecake. Bake at 500 degrees
for 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Chill
at least 8 hours. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with strawberries
and lime slices if desired.
Yield: one cheesecake.
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