Questions tagged [cheesecake]

Questions about cheesecake, a kind of rich dessert cake made with cream and soft cheese on a graham cracker, cookie, or pastry crust, typically topped with a fruit sauce.

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Is cheesecake a cake or a pie?

Is cheesecake technically a pie or a cake? I'm curious as to why. Are there solid definitions of what makes a dessert a cake or a pie?
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How can I keep a cheesecake from cracking?

I've been making cheesecakes for a while and they always end up cracking on the top. I was told to try putting a pan of water in the oven with it to keep the humidity up, which might help a little, ...
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"Place pan in a large pan; add 1 inch of hot water to larger pan." -- Why?

I have found a cheesecake recipe which says, for the cooking phase: Place springform pan in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan. Bake at 325 °F (160 °C) for 60--65 minutes or ...
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Can cheesecake be cooked without a spring-form pan?

I don't have a spring form pan but I watched a show where they seemed to cook their cheesecakes in regular pans. Is this possible or did I just not notice that they were in fact spring form pans? I ...
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How to get "burned" effect on cheesecake?

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 ...
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Why Did This Cheesecake Catch on Fire?

A friend of mine's wife was baking a cheesecake, which she does somewhat regularly. The house filled up with smoke, and when they opened the oven, they observed that it had caught fire. Apparently it ...
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Recreating an accidental crust effect

For a bake sale, I made a pumpkin cheesecake with a ground ginger-snap cookie crust. It's the first time I had ever made the recipe. As I do whenever I make cheesecake, I cooked it in a 9" ...
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How do I wrap a spring-form pan in foil so it doesn't leak when I bake in a water bath?

I have never found a spring-form pan that does not leak. I have never been able to wrap a spring-form pan so that some of the water doesn't get into the pan. I can wrap it so that a lot of the water ...
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How do bakeries get smooth jam to top their cheesecakes with?

Every brand of jam or preserves I’ve bought has a coagulated consistency. While it’s shiny, the surface isn’t smooth when either spread or spooned or piped. Every cheesecake I’ve purchased from a ...
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Is there a food that is halfway between a cheesecake and regular cake?

While living in Korea, there was one special bakery I found that had a cake that I can only describe as being halfway between cheesecake and regular cake. It was creamy like a cheesecake, but had a ...
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How much can I change a NY cheesecakes recipe?

My sister recently started making NY cheesecakes (Baked) according to an online recipe she found. I assisted her in doing so, and every time I mentioned any kind of change we could make in the recipe ...
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Is it okay to freeze a cheesecake for a shorter period of time as opposed to chilling it longer?

I'm sure this has happened before... you're bringing the cheesecake to the party, only to realize the recipe you're using tells you chill it for 12 hours! Is there any way around this? Will it come ...
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Cheesecake in or next to waterbath

I've heard of two separate ways to use a water bath when cooking a cheesecake: placing the cheesecake in the waterbath, or placing a roasting pan full of water on the bottom rack of the oven, with the ...
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How long would a no-bake cheesecake last?

I have an excellent recipe for a no-bake cheesecake that my family has made hundreds of times over many decades. For the first time today I was asked how long it would keep in the fridge. It's never ...
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Is it possible to prevent a japanese cheesecake from deflating or sinking?

A japanese cheesecake is basically like a cheesecake fused with a spongecake. When i beat the egg whites they peak perfectly then i am required to get 1/3 of the egg white mixture and fold it into ...
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Why doesn't my cheese cake rise when cooked in a water bath?

When I cook a cheesecake using the water bath method, the cheesecake does not rise. It stays flat. How do I make my cheesecake rise?
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What kind of pan works best with a waterbath?

Whenever I bake cheesecake or flan, my springform pan always leaks into the water bath or vice/versa. Is there a better type of pan to use when baking with a water bath?
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How to make a New York cheesecake with a super creamy, silky texture?

I've been baking New York cheesecake for a few years now and, with the help of various recipes and some experimentation, I've been able to get pretty close to the flavor and texture of the best New ...
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How to store cheesecake for long-term?

My wife and I decided to have cheesecakes for our wedding last weekend. We'd like to store some for at least our one-year anniversary. What is the proper way to store it, and how long can we expect ...
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Best way to cut up a cheesecake into bites

I will be making Pumpkin cheesecake bites for Halloween using this recipe. I already made a trial batch and it came out quite nicely, except for the fact that cutting it into bars was a little ...
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Why isn't my American-style baked cheesecake very sweet or rising significantly?

I am trying to make a good American-style baked cheesecake. I tried one recipe and it did not rise as much as I would have expected and it was not as sweet as I would have hoped. Hope that someone ...
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Can I make a Cheesecake without using cream cheese?

Is it possible to replicate the texture of cheesecake without using cream cheese? I really love the texture of cheesecake and I really love its aesthetic. But I just really dont like the sour taste of ...
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Can I use yogurt cheese in cheesecake by substituting the cream cheese?

It is very hard to find cream cheese or mascarpone where I live in India, so I just wanted to know whether I can make a cheesecake with yogurt cheese or not?
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Baking a cheesecake at 325 instead of 350

I have a cheesecake recipe that I have used for years, It is as close to perfect as I need it to be...except, sometimes it cracks (maybe 1 of 5). I have never used a water bath and I don't want to ...
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Salvaging a cheesecake that's oozing butter

I just made a White Chocolate Raspberry cheesecake, and it ended up being a failure appearance-wise. For some reason, it cracked a lot, and the batter ended up super lumpy, so the cheesecake is all ...
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What does flour do to cheesecake?

After looking through cheesecake recipes with a co-worker we discovered that many cheesecake recipes include ~1/4 cup of flour while other recipes contain none at all. What effect does flour have ...
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What can I use in lieu of white wine in this recipe?

I would like to make the below recipe for a bridal shower, but it is at a church which forbids alcohol and alcoholic products on premises. What can I use for a substitute for the white wine, to still ...
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What sauce can I just to de-sweeten a cheesecake?

Just made a cherry and raspberry cheesecake with a digestive biscuit base but it's too sweet and I need a sauce to go with it to take that sweetness away Can anyone help?
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Homemade cream cheese

I like to make no bake cheese cake when I checked few blogs and I got to know that cream cheese is important for this but I don't have cream cheese in the nearby shops. When I further started ...
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Can fruit juice be used to hold a cheesecake crust together?

I'm thinking of changing a Mocha-Mint Cheesecake recipe of mine to a more plain Peach Cheesecake. Among the other things that need to be modified, I was thinking of instead of using butter as an "...
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How to keep a cheesecake layer seperate from filling during baking?

I want to make an (dutch) apple pie with a layer of cheesecake. As far as I know I have a few options: Bake a cheesecake, then simply add a layer of apples. more or less like: However this is not ...
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Unwanted rise in Japanese Cheesecake

When baking a Japanese cheesecake, I will occasionally get an incredible rise in the cheesecake - doubling or tripling in volume. During cooling, this falls back down to almost the original volume. ...
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Looking for ways to improve a keto no-bake lime cheesecake recipe

I have a recipe for an extremely low-carb lime cheesecake I found online that I tried, and enjoyed. I'm having trouble finding it now, but from memory the recipe is pretty basic: For crust, melt ...
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Casein content after curdling

I am making curdled cheese for a cheesecake. I am using reduced-fat milk (2%) and would like to know the content (e.g fat, sugar, protein) of the curdled cheese after it has been separated from the ...
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Matcha cheesecake can't keep the bright green color

I made a no-bake matcha cheesecake with cream cheese, yogurt, whipping cream, matcha powder and gelatin. The type of matcha powder I used was not very green but it was ok. However, the next day, the ...
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How can I soak cake in cheese?

I can make cheesecake and I can make cake, but it occurred to me recently that cheesecake isn't cake soaked in cheese, Ala tres leches. So, is it possible to get cheese liquefied enough to be able to ...
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Using muffin/cupcake pan for basque burnt cheesecake

I've seen images of regular cheesecake (crust + filling) baked in muffin tins, Will basque burnt cheesecake be as creamy as the original in muffin/cupcake pan? Here's the pan I'd like to use, each ...
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Beating egg whites cold vs. warm - Japanese cheesecake

Namiko Chen's recipe for Japanese cheesecake specifically requires that the egg whites be beaten chilled. I have also asked my Japanese friends to check other Japanese recipes and they get the same ...
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Cheesecake Reincarnation

I significantly over-baked my cheesecake today (I forgot to check the temp extra early to compensate for the fact that there was a baking stone in the oven). Now I'm trying to decide if it is ...
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How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake

Are there any good substitutes for sugar in Cheesecakes? I am not interested in synthetic sugar like Aspartame. I want to use natural sugar substitute like honey. But if mix honey into the cheese (e.g:...
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Can I bake a "no bake" cheesecake?

Random, but I haven't seen this anywhere else. I realize this can't apply to every "no-bake" cheesecake recipe for good-reason, but I'm wondering if it would be safe to try. Has anyone ever done it? ...
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How to make cheesecake less tangy

I love cheesecake, however I despise the acidic, tangy taste associate with cream cheese and yogurt. I recently purchased some that didn't have that taste at all, just smooth an delicious. I'd like ...
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In a cheesecake, what’s the purpose of creaming the cream cheese and sugar?

I did a cheesecake following this recipe (first time). I didn’t know I had to use cream cheese at room temperature, so I took it directly from the fridge, and also I don’t have an electric mixer. So ...
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Can I make a pineapple upside down cheesecake in a springform pan?

I'm making a pineapple upside down cheesecake in a springform pan. Will it leak out? I haven't found a recipe for this. Any suggestion I'm going to put a crust just around the edge of the spring pan ...
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Can I bake a cheesecake using only a water bath?

I don't have an oven, but I want to make a cheesecake; however, I do not like the "no bake" cheesecake recipes. A lot of cheesecake recipes require a water bath before baking in an oven. I was ...
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What is in a Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake?

I'm interested in making a variation of this baked Jamaican Chocolate Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Shop. The description from the website is not terribly useful in identifying what the possible ...
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How to consistently get golden beads on meringue topping?

Sometimes, golden beads form on my cheesecake with meringue topping. I very much like this effect, but I can't get it to appear consistently. Can anyone give advice as to what to pay attention to?
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Cheesecake in rectangular pan

Can I make a cheesecake with cookie crust Ina a parchment lined rectangular pan so I can cut it in little squares?
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How long can I leave a freshly baked cheesecake out before it goes in the refrigerator?

We just baked a cheesecake and are heading over to family's house for the rest of the evening. Is it ok to leave the cheesecake out for 6 hours or so before being refrigerated?
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Mixing cheesecake batter with an immersion blender

I have read various recipes suggesting that when adding eggs to cheesecake batter, it is better to incorporate them with as little mixing as possible, to avoid aerating the mixture. The idea is that ...