So, I received a spring form pan for Mother's Day and decided to bake my first real cheesecake ever! It was delicious!
In a small bowl combine 1 and 1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs and 1/4 C. melted butter. Press into the bottom and about an inch up the side of a springform pan. Bake at 325* for about 8 minutes.
In a large bowl, beat 4 pkgs of cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add 1 C. sugar and beat till light and fluffy. Add 4 eggs one at a time beating on low speed until smooth. Add 3 Tblsp. flour, 1/4 C. heavy cream, and the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean pod. Mix well. Pour filling into cooled crust. Bake at 300* for 70-80 minutes or until center of cheesecake jiggles slightly when shaken. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, stir together 2 C. sour cream and 1/3 C. powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled cheesecake. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Top with whatever suits your fancy!