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Whether you believe it's a cake or a tart,
it's safe to say that cheesecake is one
of our favorite desserts here at Tasty.
We tested a bunch of different recipes and techniques
to find a fool-proof, ultra creamy vanilla cheesecake.
So here's how to make classic, crack free cheesecake.
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Every good cheesecake starts with a springform pan.
Greasing the pan with nonstick spray or butter
is gonna help easy removal and help prevent
cracking down the line.
Adding a band of parchment paper will ensure you've got
those smooth picture perfect sides when you go
to remove the springform.
The foundation of cheesecake is the crust.
It only requires three ingredients to make
a classic graham cracker crust.
This is the simplest part of the recipe.
The combination of sugar and butter helps hold
everything together for a really fantastic crust.
Some people like using other types of cookies,
you can easily swap it in right here.
We're gonna do a bottom crust only, some people like
the crust on the sides, it's totally a matter of preference.
Just use a flat surface to spread the graham cracker mixture
into an even layer.
Now you're gonna bake it for 8 to 10 minutes
until it's golden brown, and just let it cool
as you prepare the filling.
Now, it looks like a lot of dairy, but remember,
it's a rich, velvety dessert; you really need it here.
We're adding full fat cream cheese here,
this is not the time to skimp with reduced fat.
I know it looks like a lot of sugar, it is.
We tried to reduce it, but you really miss out
on some of that classic cheesecake flavor.
Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature
before getting started, this way they'll be easier to mix
and give you a smooth cheesecake without any lumps.
We're adding a bit of heavy cream.
It's a subtle difference, but it's gonna help
smooth out the batter.
It's a personal preference, and you can omit it,
but we wouldn't.
I'm adding in sour cream for a bit of added tang.
And I'm also going to add some flour, which is gonna help
bind the cheesecake together and help prevent cracks.
To flavor the cake, I'm using a whole vanilla bean.
A really easy way to remove the seeds is by splitting it
down the middle lengthwise, and use the blade of your knife
to slowly scrape the seeds out.
While you can use vanilla extract in a pinch,
the intense flavor of a bean is really hard to beat.
Eggs are crucial in any baked cheesecake.
They add in creaminess and also help bind the cheesecake
together as it bakes.
Some recipes will call for adding extra egg yolks.
We found in testing that this makes a denser cheesecake;
so, for our airy version, we're sticking
with whole eggs only.
So, add in the eggs one at a time.
If you dump them in all at once, you run the risk
of having a really lumpy batter.
Okay, so this part is crucial.
As soon as the eggs are incorporated, stop mixing.
Over mixing can result in a really dense cheesecake.
You also wanna be scraping your bowl down
to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed.
From here, it's really easy.
Just pour the batter onto the cooled crust
and smooth out the top.
If we didn't bake the crust,
it would mix in with the batter.
Who wants that?
Even cooking and cracking is a huge concern
when making cheesecake.
One of the best ways to prevent that is to use
a water bath while baking.
Even though the pan is sealed, there could be
a slight opening where water could get through
and give you a soggy crust.
To prevent any water from seeping in, we're gonna wrap
our springform in two sheets of foil to really seal it.
Place the pan in a large heavy baking dish
and fill it with hot water about one inch
up the sides of the pan.
The hot water creates a moist environment in an otherwise
dry oven, so the cheesecake doesn't split from drying out.
There are several methods where you can start
your cheesecake in a hot oven
and then lower the temperature.
While you do get some lift, you also run the risk
of burning or cracking your cheesecake.
For our recipe, we're gonna do steady, moderate heat
all the way through.
Then, turn the heat off and leave the cheesecake
in the oven for another hour to finish baking.
Allowing the cake to sit in the oven allows for it
to be fully set in the middle and get a little bit of color.
You can see that the cake that was taken out
after an hour isn't fully cooked
and looks like a gloopy mess.
Sometimes cracks happen; there are so many reasons
that can cause a crack, such as high temperature,
over mixing, no water bath.
But this doesn't mean that you can't end up
with a beautiful, delicious cheesecake in the end.
A great way to cover up a cracked cheesecake
is to make sour cream topping.
This topping is really simple, it's just sour cream,
sugar, and vanilla extract all mixed together.
It not only covers up the crack, but it's also
really delicious and can be used
on uncracked cheesecakes as well.
For a sour cream topping, you don't need a water bath.
Just bake it for 10 to 15 minutes, just so the top
is set and continue the recipe as normal.
After sitting in the oven for another hour,
the cheesecake needs to cool at room temperature.
Another way to prevent cracks is to gently
go around the rim of the cheesecake with a knife.
At this point, the center of the cheesecake
should still have a slight jiggle, just like this.
Once the cheesecake is cooled, place it in the fridge,
covered with plastic wrap to fully set, ideally overnight,
but you can still get a really good result
in about four hours.
To remove the cheesecake from the pan, unlatch the side
of the spring form and carefully lift off the frame.
Gently peel back the parchment, and you're gonna see
those beautiful, smooth sides.
There's such a wide variety of toppings you can add
to your cheesecake, but for ours,
we're gonna keep it simple with a ton of fresh berries.
To get the perfect slice, fill a large vessel
with hot water, dip your knife into the water,
then gently pat it dry before slicing.
The hot knife will ensure that you get
a smooth cut every time.
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We love serving our cheesecake with a berry coulis,
which is basically a fancy word for berry puree
that has been cooked down until it's thick.
It's the perfect complement alongside
all those gorgeous fresh berries.
There's a reason we make so many cheesecakes
here at Tasty.
They're relatively easy, they're great for a crowd,
and, most importantly, they're downright delicious.
By using these tips and tricks, you too can make
the dreamiest, creamiest cheesecake of your life.
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How to Make the Creamiest Cheesecake

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Cathy ♥ published on January 8, 2019    Cathy ♥ translated    Evangeline reviewed
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