If you’ve visited the Napa Valley you’ve probably passed by the iconic V Marketplace, or if you were fortunate enough, you’ve saved some time from all that wine tasting to stop by for a visit. Originally a winery, in 1968 the building became home to a cluster of upscale shops and cafe’s. One of my favorite shoe stores called it home in the early 70s. It’s gone through many transformations, but today you can still find lots to pique your interest – art, fashion, home furnishings and restaurants. Michael Chiarello’s farm-to-table restaurant Botegga is located there.
But let’s go back a few years. When I was a young twenty-something, whenever I would visit my cousin in Napa we would drive up to Yountville to schlep around the old winery – then called Vintage 1870. Among the shops we never failed to visit was the little cafe on the ground floor that sold the BEST chutney I’ve ever tasted. Now that chutney was fabulous, but our main reason for visiting that cafe was for a slice of their cheesecake! Heaven!!!
How my cousin managed to procure the recipe, I’ll never know, but I’m glad to have a copy. It is so darn easy, and as I’ve said, so yummy, I wanted to share it with you today.
VINTAGE 1870 CHEESECAKE
- 24 Graham Crackers (1pkg) Crushed Mix and pat into large pie or tart pan
- 1/4 C melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 C granulated sugar Mix thoroughly, pour onto pie crust
- 1T vanilla or rum Bake at 375 degrees for 1/2 hour
- 3/4 lb cream cheese (12 oz)
- 1/2 pint sour cream
- 1/2 pint sour cream Mix and spread on top of baked pie
- 2T sugar Return to oven and continue to bake for 10 minutes
- 1-2 tsp vanilla
Refrigerate overnight. Serve with slivered almonds on top.
Some special notes…
I used a 9″ tart pan and an 8″ traditional pie pan. As you can see I had plenty of mixture to fill both. My oldest child was borrowing my springform pans, otherwise I would have opted for the larger size to make one pie that was a little deeper.
I haven’t made it in awhile, but when my foodie grandson requested it for his birthday instead of a cake, I jumped at the excuse to dig it out of my recipe archives and make it.
And what to use for an 18 year old’s birthday cheese cake? Lego candles, of course! Lol Memories of a childhood past.
If you ever want a delicious cheesecake recipe, give this one a try – it’s super easy and so delicious.
-Until next time-