: In a small bowl, blend well the graham cracker crumbs, butter or margarine, and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar. Press the crumb mixture in the bottom of a greased 8" or 9" springform pan. Place the pan in the freezer to chill while you prepare the filling. : In a mixer bowl, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and light. I, myself, mix alternately 8 ozs. of the cream cheese and ¼ cup of the sugar. This is just to ensure it is evenly mixed. When the cream cheese and sugar mixture is light and creamy, mix in the eggs, vanilla, and the cornstarch, making sure it is mixed well. It should be a nice light yellow color. Mix in the sour cream until well mixed. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan. : Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 200 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes. Turn oven off and allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door opened slightly for 2½ to 3 hours. Remove sides from pan and chill in refrigerator for another 2 to 3 hours. Then slide the cheesecake off the bottom of your pan, if you wish.
** You can use the Oreo Cookie Crumbs in place of the Graham Cracker Crumbs for a wonderfully delightful change. (This is the way that most of the people order it from me.)
*** Before placing the cheescake in the oven for baking, I always sprinkle a bit of the crumbs on top for garnish. Really looks nice!
**** Last hint: I put a pan with about 2-3 inches of hot water on the bottom shelf. It helps to keep the cheesecake from cracking. Always bake the cheesecake on the middle shelf...NO LOWER!!!
Your Elaine's Cheesecake is ready. Bon appetit!
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