For the third annual bake sale this year, I made the rules (hee!). Because I'm possibly the only person at work who actually cares about these things, I was asked to determine the baking contest rules and prize levels a few months ago.
Rule 1: It must be homemade. From scratch. No boxes allowed.
Rule 2: Only one entry allowed per baker.
Making the crust.
Adding sugar and salt to the cream cheese.
1. Prepare crust. Mix 2 cups graham cracker crumbs with 4 Tb. butter and a little salt. Press into a buttered springform pan, wrap the bottom with foil, and freeze 10 minutes. Bake 10 minutes at 350. Reduce heat to 325.
2. Beat 4 lbs cream cheese for 4 minutes. Add 1 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. salt and beat for 4 minutes again. Add 2 tsp. vanilla. Add 4 eggs one at a time, beating between each. Add the zest of two oranges. Add 1 1/3 cup sour cream or heavy cream and mix on low.
3. Set the pan on a rimmed baking sheet and pour the filling into the crust. Pour hot water around the cheesecake pan and carefully place in the oven. Bake at 325 degrees for 90 minutes. Let cool thoroughly.
Juicing the oranges.