Monday night I made this and took it to our friends house on Tuesday while they watched Iraq play against Bahrain (soccer game). Mabrook to Iraq for winning! Everyone loved it so I thought I would share the recipe. :) It originally came from the recipe book my grandmother gave me, "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 10th Edition", but as usual, I didn't follow the recipe exactly, so I will share the recipe I came up with, insha'allah. I don't own a spring form pan that most use for cheesecakes, so I used a regular circular cake pan instead, and it worked just as well. Therefore, I had to halve the filling of the cheesecake. I also do not have an electric mixer, so I just mixed everything by hand.
2 cups of finely crushed graham crackers (I didn't have graham crackers so I used these tea cookies we had on hand)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup margarine (melted)
1 1/2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBS flour
1 tsp vanilla
2 TBS milk
For crust, combine crushed crackers (or cookies) and cinnamon. Stir in margarine. Press crust into pan, 2 inches up the sides of an 8-9 inch spring form pan.
In a bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy (this is possible to achieve by hand as well, just takes a lot of work LOL)
Add eggs all at once, beating on low speed just till everything is combined.
Stir in milk. Pour into crust lined pan. (For a spring form pan, place on a shallow pan, for my cake pan I didn't do this).
Bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until done (when the center appears nearly set when shaken).
Cool for 15 minutes, and let set in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
For spring form pan:
For an 8 inch pan bake for 45-50 minutes.
9 inch pan 35-40 minutes.
When center appears nearly set, cool for 15 minutes, loosen crust from sides of pan. Cool for 30 more minutes; remove sides of pan, cool completely. Chill at least for 4 hours.
You can make your own cherry filling, but we do not have fresh cherries available, so I just bought the canned cherry filling.