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I've eaten hot cheesecake in restaurant. It looked like the cheesecake was properly baked and then only a slice of it, which was going to the plate, was fried or baked or I don't know what so it was all warm and crispy and looked like it was slightly burned on the sides.

Any idea how to get this effect? I mean consider I have cheesecake done and I want have just a slice which looks like that. How can I do that?

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That's a really good question. I imagine it was probably stabilized with something that stays solid at high heat, b/c hot cheesecake would be fairly soft. Was it warm all the way through? My wild guess would be they rewarmed it in the oven, then (if needed) blasted with a blowtorch for crispiness.

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That "something" is very likely methylcellulose - that tends to be the main agent in any hot dessert. – Aaronut Mar 31 '11 at 0:34
The cake was all warm and indeed it had crispy on the outside, yet not really burned by overheating or something. – pawelbrodzinski Apr 1 '11 at 23:39

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