cheesecake

Key Lime Cheesecake test results

I made the cheesecake I was thinking about making yesterday. The recipe is posted in this discussion:
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http://community.kingarthurflour.com/content/springform-pans-and-cheesecake
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It tasted awesome - I think my eyes crossed when I took that first bite, and my wife was making funny sounds as she tasted it. So the taste is where I wanted it to be. However, as it was my first attempt at a cheesecake, it was not perfect although I'm not complaining - I just want it to be better next time.
The recipe called for an 8" or 8.5" pan, but I only had a 9" pan. There's about a 28% difference in volume between the 8" and the 9" pans, so I bought an extra block of cream cheese. I figured out the difference in all the ingredients and just made a larger batch of cream cheese filling. I also added one extra graham cracker to the crust and added a bit more melted butter, (I think I'll go with the amount the recipe calls for next time - it leaked out quite a bit). I also wound up using the a water bath and that was not the pain I expected, so I'm not worried about doing it again.
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The results were fantastic taste wise, but I should have baked it longer even though I added 5 minutes because of the increased filling. I got nervous and pulled it out too soon. It held together, but was very soft and super moist - more like a heavy mousse. So I'm glad I made it so that I can hopefully get it right for the Christmas party. I would also like to try other recipes now - especially chocolate. :-)
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Thanx again for all the suggestions in the other thread ~ Ron
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You can see the three layers in the second shot.
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S'more chocolate cheesecake bars

I have been tasked with making cheesecake squares for a group. I have a standard half sheet pan I would like to use. 1) I was going to use a pretty standard cheesecake recipe, would making it chocolate flavored be as easy as adding some dutch process cocoa? 2) If anyone has a s'more cheesecake recipe that would fit this application I would appreciate it.

Thank-you

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Washington Post cheesecake recipe

Buried in one post is a recipe from the Washington Post re a cheesecake baked at low temp for 8-10 hours or overnight. Can you help me find it, please.

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Baking the your CrockPot

I thought this was an interesting concept.
http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/slow-cooker-italian-dinner-rolls/f36faa...
http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/slow-cooker-pumpkin-swirl-cheesecake/d6...
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I don't think I will use a Pillsbury "tube", but this might work well for Moomie's Buns in dinner roll sizes. I may have to try the cheesecake idea sooner. Jan

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National Cheesecake Day

Today is National Cheesecake Day. While Gina's "Nana's Cheesecake" is fabulous, I'm debating whether or not to make the one I've posted below. I will take it to work tomorrow and will not nibble. But tell me this recipe doesn't have you drooling.

http://www.aidamollenkamp.com/2012/06/dads-cheesecake-bars-recipe/

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Grilled Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes

Even tho this recipe suggessts using store-bought pie crusts, it sounds like it might be fun to try (with home made crust, tho). http://tinyurl.com/blubrycheesecake
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Good for portion control too. I have a 6-cup muffin tin that would keep us from eating a full dozen mini cheesecakes between the two of us! Jan

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NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE WITH POUND CAKE CRUST

I want try something different for my New York cheesecake. Usually I use shortbread, vanilla wafers, chocolate wafers, or grahm cracker crust. Does anyone have any suggestions for making the cake with a pound cake crust? Would I just slice it an layer it on the bottom or crumble it and mix with butter and put on the bottom and sides? Any suggestions GREATLY appreciated.

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Of pans, and kitchen flubs..., and a thanks, to VibeGuy, and GinaG!

I treated myself to the Kuhn-Rikon 'Pushpan', offered through KAF's catalogue. After reading VG's rousing recommendation, a few months back, I thought I'd give it a chance. I am very impressed...it works, beautifully, and does exactly what it promises to do. I have several regular loose-bottom cake pans, but this one will definitely replace my favorite 9" springform, for cheesecakes. The gasket design is wonderful, and seals perfectly. Nice weight, easy to clean.

I made GinaG's 'Nana's Cheesecake', for my initial 'test'. Very nice! Lighter texture, and even though I flubbed up my timing, with getting the egg whites in there, it still came out pretty darn good, just not as tall as it would have been. So, I'll make another one! You can NEVER have too much cheesecake!

Laura :0)))

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A cheesecake quest...

My mother keeps rhapsodizing about a particular type of cheesecake that she remembers from her childhood. She was born in 1920, lived /grew up in Brooklyn. Her mother would bring home (for breakfast!) slices of a cheesecake that Mom describes as more like an angelfood type consistency and appearance, than the denser, creamier version that's common now. She doesn't remember what type of bakery Grandma would have gone to, Italian, Eastern European, etc. I tried several different cheesecake recipes, different types of cheeses, egg whites, and so on, and nothing is quite right. Good, but not 'THE' cake.

Then! I ran across a couple of Asian cheesecake recipes, which do indeed sound very much like the one Mom is describing. They use cream cheese, but not as much as a 'standard' cheesecake, and more eggs, separated, and the whites whipped.

I'd like to give one of these a go, but, if any one of you guys either makes a cake like that, or can advise on a recipe, I'd appreciate the help. I just don't to waste between 6-8 eggs, on a dud!

Laura

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Using Pyrex for cheesecake (bain-marie style)

Happy Holidays!

I was thinking of baking the Brooklyn-style cheesecake for my birthday next week.

My question is, most of my bake ware is Pyrex. I was going to put the springform in Pyrex filled with water. It is my understanding that as long as I add the water before putting the Pyrex in the oven and making sure the oven is preheated first, I would avoid an Pyrex explosion.

Has anyone done this without a Pyrex explosion? My gut is telling me not to do this, but I thought would check in with people who have more experience baking cheesecakes than I do (this would be my first one.)

Thank you for reading.

Jen

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