Thursday, March 4, 2010

20 Sweets in 20 Weeks - #1: New York Cheesecake


Okay you voted and I baked. The very first sweet treat - a baked New York Cheesecake, and may I say it is very, very tasty! I am slightly bias because 1) I love cheesecake like no other sweet in the world and 2) I made it. But seriously this cheesecake is not too sweet, is not too dense and has a very subtle flavour. It is also the very first baked cheesecake that I have made - and it wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be, quite easy really. I think the only slight issue I had with this was that I totally hacked it when I cut my slice - so it doesn't look super pretty, but don't worry the taste made up for that.


New York Cheesecake (from www.taste.com.au)
Serves 10

200g Nice biscuits
75g unsalted butter, melted
800g cream cheese
190g caster sugar
4 eggs
3 egg yolks
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
300ml sour cream
Good-quality cocoa powder, to dust
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 23cm round springform pan. Place 2 layers of aluminium foil on the outside of the pan (this prevents water seeping into the pan while cooking in the water bath).
  2. Crush the biscuits in a food processor. Combine melted butter with biscuit crumbs and press into the base of the pan.
  3. Place the cream cheese, 170g caster sugar, eggs, egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and the lemon juice in a food processor. Process until smooth, then pour over the biscuit base. Place the cheesecake in a large roasting pan and pour boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. Beat together sour cream, remaining sugar and vanilla and pour over the cake. Return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside in the pan to cool, then refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve dusted with cocoa powder.

24 comments:

Susan said...

fabulous!!! again, i wish we were neighbors ;O)

Karls said...

Oh no you didn't! I just had an orgasm... seriously! That looks devine! And I totally would be making one if I thought I could eat it in moderation. I'd have to spend 6 weeks working out to make up for the indulgence (cause know that I would eat it all myself within a matter of a day).

cookies and cups said...

I love cheesecake like no other. It is my all-time favorite dessert by a mile ~ this looks perfect!

Paris Pastry said...

Yum, it looks delicious! The first time I tried making a cheesecake I was intimidated too, but it's quite easy really.
Btw, if you dip your cutting-knife it hot/boiling water, the knife runs so smoothly in the cheesecake and your slice comes out looking beatifully sliced.

benbes said...

that is a nice cheese cake, i love new york cheese cake.
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Becky Farley said...

Yummmmmmm! I will add this to my traditional father's day cheesecake list ;)

How are you feeling? How many times have you been asked that lately? :) Still so excited for you!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Paris Pastry - thank you for the tip :)

Becky - Feeling pretty good, just a bit bloated, tired and nauseous - but all good if bubba is okay in there!

Fran said...

That really looks delicious, I think I'm going to try this, so bookmarking the recipe!
I have only made a cheesecake once before, and it tasted pretty great, but it cracked. Yours looks beautiful! :D

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Yummy! I've never had cheesecake with sour cream on top though I've seen many recipes with this. Very intrigued.

Amanda said...

I too love cheesecake like no other. I wish I could have a piece of this one right now...

Shannon @ bakeandbloom said...

Alicia thats exactly what cheesecake SHOULD look like when cut into. If you can control yourself when cutting into a homemade cheesecake & not hack into it you need professional help as far as I'm concerned. I love the sprinkling of cocoa on top too, it looks beautiful.

Emma @CakeMistress said...

oooh, I've been dying to try a baked cheesecake, and your one looks amazing. Such beautiful photography too.

Rebecca said...

This looks amazing!! I've always wanted to make a cheesecake, but I need a springform pan! Love love love cheesecake, and I imagine yours was delicious.

Fimère said...

ce cheesecake est superbe, bravo
bonne journée

Jelli Bean said...

Looks so yummy! I just made a mango cheesecake yesterday too. Mmm. I could never get enough cheesecake. How delish!

oneordinaryday said...

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing.

apparentlyjessy said...

I love cheesecake too, creamy yummy goodness in every mouthful. Yours looks so good, yummo!

Ingrid said...

I'm not surprised that you nailed this recipe!
~ingrid

Little Miss Cupcake said...

Yay! NY Cheesecake won out! This looks really good and creamy - just like it should! Did you chill it before serving? That usually helps with the cutting (as well as running your knife under warm water beforehand). I look forward to trying this recipe out and seeing how it compares to my favorite one.

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

I'd like to affectionately rename this to be 20lbs in 20 weeks!

Ash said...

I think I need to make this.

prashant said...

I love cheesecake like no other. It is my all-time favorite dessert by a mile ~ this looks perfect!
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M D said...

Hey Alicia, your cheesecake looks gorgeous! I wish I could thrown my hands into my laptop screen just to grab a piece of cake and bite into it. Fabulous!

Gaia said...

I was looking for a classic New York cheese cake and your recipe seems perfect!

Thank you!