Start by learning how to make a Basic Cheesecake, or try a Strawberry Cheesecake cheater’s version if you’re pressed for time.
One note about the type of cheese you use. Most recipes will call for regular cream cheese. Just as there are hundreds of variants on making cheesecake, there are many different types of cheeses you can use.
An American Neufchâtel cheese is great to use in a cheesecake. There is a difference between traditional French Neufchâtel and American Neufchâtel. American Neufchâtel cheese is very similar in texture and taste to cream cheese, but is a bit softer and moister, with 1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese.
There's really no hard part to making a cheesecake. It just takes some patience. The graham cracker crust may take a few tries to get it level, but you'll quickly get the hang of it. Also, getting the egg whites to the right consistency takes some time — that's why an electric mixer will be your best friend in this adventure.
All in all, while your first attempt may not go as well as planned (lumps are still delicious) the more you experiment with different cheeses and flavors, the faster you'll have this culinary favorite under your belt in no time!