Growing up, for me and every other child of the seventies, Sara Lee cheesecake was the ultimate. I haven't tried it since then but this cheesecake tastes exactly how I remember it as a child.
I get more requests for this cake than all of my other recipes combined. One bite and it transports every seventies baby back to the Sara Lee heyday, guaranteed!
The original recipe was taken from the February 1981 (yikes!) issue of Bon Appetit magazine. I still have the magazine cover and the feature article titled "Simply Spectacular - Great Cakes for Special Occasions". A little obsessive right? Especially since I was barely 11 years old at the time!
I made this cheesecake for my dear friend (and onion ring buddy) over at My Sweet Cheap Life and her Sweetie, who was kind enough to send me this photo.
You can find the original recipe here. I don't use walnuts in the crust but otherwise am pretty faithful to the original recipe...except for the topping. The original was topped with luscious fresh strawberries with glaze but (due to popular demand) I use canned pie filling (cherry or blueberry) for that authentic seventies experience!
If you love cheesecake I promise you this is the only recipe you need!