Last week I shared Nana’s Applesauce Cake recipe. This week I’m sharing another very special family recipe; my great grandmother’s cheese pie. The recipe, indeed the very pie tin you see in the pictures, has been with our family for nearly 100 years, and it’s been reported to be the most requested dessert at family functions for nearly that long. Having been passed down through four generations, you better believe this cheese pie is delicious.
I’ve only ever known this cheese pie as being my Mom’s. It was a recipe that, while not seasonal, I remember most vividly being served around Thanksgiving and Christmas. A dessert to be shared on a crisp cold night over a steaming cup of tea at the kitchen table with Nana, aunts & uncles, cousins, and siblings.
Similar in flavor to cheesecake, but with a lighter and fluffier texture, the pie was always baked, and served, in the same pie tin. I never saw the cheese pie tin used for anything other than this recipe. So when you saw it out on the counter, you knew Mom was planning on making this special family treat.
Just as I’ll always call this Mom’s cheese pie, my Mom calls this her Grandmother’s pie. Mom told me it was just as popular and frequently requested when she was growing up as it has been during my life time. And, though the baker has changed, the recipe and the pie tray are the same as they’ve always been. Both have been cared for and protected over the years to ensure no loss or change due to time or neglect, and will continue to be passed down for our family to enjoy. And while I can’t share the pie tray with you, I can share this wonderful recipe.
Recipe: Cheese Pie
- Two – 8oz pkg cream cheese (room temp)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar and eggs with mixer. The mixture will be thin. Pour into a greased 9 inch pie pan and bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool 20 minutes.
- In a bowl, mix the topping ingredients. Spread the mixture on top of cooled pie layer and bake for another 20 min at 325 degrees.
- Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 5 minute(s)