I baked a New York Cheesecake few weeks before CNY… a first! Wohoo!
All I can say is it’s very easy to make. My mom’s electric mixer broke down just prior to this so I have to resort using hand for mixing. It’s not bad at all.
I found a few New York Cheesecake recipes like from Joy of Baking, Yochanna’s and Philadelphia Cream Cheese website itself. But at last I follow Cooking For Engineers’ Cheesecake, Plain New York style recipe. I love her step by step recipes. Easy for noob like me ma.
Here are the ingredients:
From left to right: plain flour (didn’t use it), 6 eggs, cream cheese 1kg, whip cream (I don’t have heavy cream but it’s okay to use whip cream as long as the fat % is 35%~40%), vanilla essence and sugar.
First thing first, I have to make a crust for the cheesecake. I bought graham crackers few months back but ate ALL already (femes biscuit that are use for making cheesecake by everyone!). SO YUMMY but expensive gilar. Luckily I have some dough leftover from my sis’ pineapple tart making. So I use that for the crust. Digestive biscuits are also great.
This is the end result prior to baking. Easy!
Note: I use only 1 cup of sugar. That also is very sweet.
It is advisable to have a thermometer to check the temperature of the cheesecake. I don’t have one. Thermometers are expensive! This is a heavy mistake I regretted later.
I follow exactly the baking & after-baking direction. Not long after removing the cheesecake from oven, a couple of bubbles (cracking) begin to form. Sure enough cover the baking tin with a bowl and everything is alright.
Tadaaa… look nice? I think it looks perfect for a novice!
Okay let me tell you why I called it not so successful.
Taste wise: Brilliant. They taste like the one you buy from Coffee Bean/San Fransisco Coffee.
Texture wise: Ekkkkkkkk. 50% wonderful, 50% soggy.
The outer part of the cheesecake texture is perfect. But the inner part is soggy because yes yes it’s not fully baked. So you see? Never attempt a cheesecake without thermometer. Mark my word. Also the crust is not good. Tart like crust not suitable for this I guess.
All in all I love my New York Cheesecake. Chester enjoyed them tremendously too. We even ate the soggy part. No harm. Hehe This is quite a large cake. 1kg of cream cheese weh! We (6 person + 1 dog) took more than a week to finish it.
p/s: My kuih kapit finished liao. I would love to bake 2 batches next year. Not enough la 1 batch. HEAVENLY Yummy!!!