say cheese!

i decided today to try my hand at cheesecake! i found this recipe for a classic new york cheesecake with tons of great reviews. i did some reading about all the tricks of the trade for a perfect cheesecake in the hopes that my first attempt would be a success! most of the pointers had to do with steps to prevent cracking. the word on the street (interwebs) is that overbeating is a sure way to get cracks, as is overbaking and cooling too quickly.

the final product turned out great! i had no cracks, and the edges pulled away from the pan perfectly. the texture was spot on and the flavor was delicious! however, when i removed the aluminum foil from the pan, i was disappointed to see that some water had gotten in. so, i have a delicious cheesecake with a slightly soggy crust. it still tastes great, though!

some notes about the process:

  • started with room temperature cream cheese and sour cream
  • mixed the cream cheese and sugar with a mixer
  • used a wooden spoon to mix in the rest of the ingredients
  • wrapped the pan in foil and baked in a water bath
  • baked at 325 for one hour, turned off the oven, and left in the oven overnight
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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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2 Responses to say cheese!

  1. mydearbakes says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe =)

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