I love cheesecake. I am sure you loves it too. One thing I don't know that why cheesecake needs the hard base that too made up from biscuits? Can't we just put normal base?

Edit :

Hard Base : graham cracker crust Soft Base : Pastry Sponge

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    I suppose cheesecake doesn't need any kind of base, except that the base makes it easier to remove from the pan-- it would stick to the bottom otherwise. I suppose you could line with parchment paper, but how you'd get it off the bottom of the cake without damaging the top or sides I'm not sure. What are you calling a "normal base"?
    – senschen
    Jul 21, 2017 at 13:13
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    Isn't this as baseless an assumption as some cheesecake recipes? Jul 21, 2017 at 13:27
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    I have eaten cheesecales on sponge bases and pastry bases. I've seen recipes for the latter. But they're rare.
    – Chris H
    Jul 21, 2017 at 13:33
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    @Catija I assumed that to mean pastry
    – Chris H
    Jul 21, 2017 at 13:33
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    "Pastry sponge" doesn't make sense, though sponge cake would be part of a pastry chef's job. Pastry is what (most) pie crusts are made of. Sponge is a light form of cake.
    – Chris H
    Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00

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A cheesecake doesn't need a hard base, or any base at all. The cheese part of cheesecake is sticky and will stick to a pan, although there's ways to get around that. A base (whether spongy or hard) also gives a texture and flavor contrast which many people find works well for them.

It's just tradition really, you can do what you want with it, I've seen cheesecakes baked in individual ramekins with no base, it's really up to you.

  • So the main reason why we need base it because it wont stick to vessel? Doesn't it give support to the layer? Jul 24, 2017 at 4:21
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    The base makes serving it in tidy slices simpler, so in that sense it does support the main part. But while slicing a cheesecake is traditional it's not compulsory. (@TheDictator)
    – Chris H
    Jul 24, 2017 at 5:54

Cheesecake doesn't need to have a hard base. A traditional New York style cheesecake (i.e. Junior's) has a spongecake base.

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