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When I was a kid, I was a person who did not really like cheese, not to mention writing a ‘best New York baked cheesecake recipe’ to share with you. It was so hard for me to enjoy the distinctive smell and texture of cheese – I just thought it’s a funny food and I wasn’t too sure why cheese was invented. Who on earth loves cheese? I know there must be someone like me out there.
Fortunately, my view over cheese changes as I grow up. I start to fall in love with cheese, especially when they’re grilled and melted (drooling). I start to ask for extra cheese in my burger and over my pasta. Yep, cheese conquered me!
Then, one day, I start to think seriously – when did I first fall in love with cheese? What made me start to eat cheese?
It did not take me too long to get the answer – it’s the cheesecake! I know the cream cheese used in cake making has huge differences with other classic cheese like mozzarella or cheddar, but this was indeed the first step of mine on the journey of loving cheese. As a kid, I just thought all cheese is the same (oops).
And, yes, cake. Everything becomes better when there’s cake. I no longer resist eating cheese (thankfully) and mmm! I can’t stop myself thinking of the creamy cheesecake taste now. I think even that if I don’t like cheese in its original state, cheesecake would still be on my favourite food list. It’s just so yummy!
What makes the New York style cheesecake special?
Each type of cheesecake is different according to the ingredients used. For example, the Italian style cheesecake contains Ricotta cheese or Mascarpone cheese and the Greek style cheesecake uses Mizithra, which is a kind of cheese produced by using the sheep or goat milk.
On the other hand, the New York cheesecake relies upon the sour cream and cream cheese. Thanks to them, the New York cheesecake has a uniquely rich, smooth and dense texture. Its exterior is a beautiful light brown colour and in many restaurants, it is baked in a tall baking pan of about five or six inches.
Ingredients you need in this best New York baked cheesecake recipe
For the base:
- 100g of Digestive biscuit
- 50g of butter
For the cake:
- 600g of cream cheese
- 120g of sugar
- 3 large, free range eggs (2 full eggs + 1 yolk)*
- 160g of sour cream
- 25g of cornstarch
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- Butter for greasing
*At room temperature
Tools you need
- A 7-inch springform baking pan
- A baking tray
- A hand mixer
- Aluminium foil
- A mixing bowl
- A freezer bag
- A sieve
- A rolling pin
How to make the best New York cheesecake?
- Wrap the sides and bottom of a 7-inch springform baking pan with aluminium foil. Make sure that you have covered all the area where leaking is possible. This is to prevent any possible event of the batter in contact with the water bath in the baking stage.
- Grease the baking pan with butter.
- Preheat the oven at 180°C.
Making the base:
- In a freezer bag, crush the Digestive biscuits into fine crumbs by using the rolling pin.
- Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and press the mixture into the base of the springform baking pan. Set aside.
Making the cake:
- In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together by using your hand mixer. Start from low speed and then gradually speed up. Beat the mixture on medium-high speed until it becomes smooth. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as needed.
- Add the whole eggs and yolk into the mixing bowl, one at a time. Beat until just incorporated.
- Sieve in the cornstarch and salt. Gently combine them with the wet ingredients.
- Mix in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
- Spoon the batter to the prepared baking pan and level out the surface.
Baking the cake:
- Set up a water bath – place the baking pan in a baking tray and fill the baking tray with hot water. The hot water should reach about an inch up the side of the springform pan.
- Bake the batter at 180°C for half an hour. Then, reduce the temperature to 150°C and bake for another half an hour.
- Let the cake to cool in the oven with the door closed.
- Refrigerate it for four hours before serving it.
Tips for the perfect New York baked cheesecake
Why should we use a springform baking pan?
The springform baking pans are notoriously known for their potential leaking issue but why are we still using them?
Well, cheesecakes have a delicate surface. This means that any slight rough handling will damage your picture-perfect cheesecake – it’s impossible to turn it upside down in order to remove the cheesecake from the baking pan. So, by using a springform baking pan, we don’t have to risk damaging our cake surface when removing it from the baking pan.
How to melt butter without a mess?
Loosely cover the bowl containing butter with another plate or a piece of kitchen towel. Melt the butter on medium power or in ‘Defrost’ mode of your microwave. Heat the butter at intervals of 10 seconds. Check the butter after every time of heating. Stop heating when there are only tiny solids of butter in the bowl and stir until they dissolve.
How to prevent tiny granules in the cake?
Always, always, always make sure that the batter is smooth before the addition of any other ingredients. Also, never skip any sieving steps.
Why should we bake in a water bath?
The water bath helps in temperature regulation and ensures that the cheesecake is baked in an environment where no temperature spike occurs. The steam produced also helps in preventing cracking.
How to prevent cracking?
Leave the cake to sit in the oven with the door closed to cool for three hours before removing it from the oven. Also, make sure that the whole cake is completely cool before removing it from the baking pan.
Can’t wait to try this out?
Cheesecakes are not the most special cake but definitely are one of the most popular cakes around the world. It’s easy to make and super tasty, making it never out of fashion. If you are ever in doubt of which cake you should make, go cheesecake. It’s never going to let you down.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this ‘best New York baked cheesecake recipe’. If you have any questions or any tips to share, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. 🙂
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