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Key Lime Cheesecake

1 1/4 c Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c butter or margarine, melted

3 8-oz pkgs softened cream cheese
3 eggs
1/4 c key lime juice
2 c sour cream
1 fresh strawberries (optional)

2 T sugar
1 t grated lime rind
3/4 c sugar
1 T grated lime rind
1 t vanilla extract
3 T sugar
1 lime slices (optional)

Combine crust ingredients and stir well. Press crumb mixture evenly
over bottom and up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 350
degrees for 5 to 6 minutes. Let cool.

Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy, gradually add 3/4 cup
sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after
each addition. Stir in lime rind, juice and vanilla. Pour mixture
into prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set. Combine sour
cream and 3 tablespoons sugar, stir well and spread evenly over
cheesecake. Bake at 500 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool to room
temperature on a wire rack, chill at least 8 hours.

To serve, carefully remove sides of springform pan. If desired,
garnish with strawberries and lime slices. Yield: one 9-inch


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