Grandma Mary’s Cheese Pie

Before she passed, I managed to wheedle a few recipes out of my grandmother.  She was a baker by profession and was constantly cooking.   For as long as I can remember, though, this recipe of hers has been hotly contested.  She didn’t normally give it out, mostly because one of my uncles had asked for it some years back and entered it into a contest.  No one was surprised when it was awarded First Place, but he never attributed the recipe to her and that never set right with her.

I wouldn’t normally give this out, but she’s been gone several years now and, at some point in their lives, everyone should have a piece of this pie.

Pie Ingredients:

1 pre-made graham cracker crust (You can also make your own.  They aren’t difficult.)
12 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice

Topping Ingredients

1 c. sour cream
3 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 350°. Combine and beat the pie ingredients together until light and fluffy.  Pour the filling into the graham graham cracker crust and bake for 20-25 minutes.  The middle of the pie should look firm and the top should be very lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and let cool for five minutes.  While the pie is cooling, combine the topping ingredients and spread evenly on top.  Return the pie to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.

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