I used this recipe for Chantal's New York style cheesecake with some changes. The resulting cheesecake tastes EXACTLY like the ones you buy from the bakery! It is rich and creamy and fluffy and dense and velvety all at the same time. I managed to make two 10" pies plus 5 teeny weeny cupcakes from the batter. You can halve the ingredients for 1 pie or pour everything into a 10" spring-form tin.
You will need:
- 3 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 (250g) packages cream cheese
- 1 cup and 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon milk
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp jam (I would recommend some sort of berry jam)
- 1/2 cup water
- squeeze lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 325F for a pie and 350F for a cake (163 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter and ground cinnamon. Press onto bottom of pie dish. I used a disposable pie dish to avoid washing up xD
- In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, sugar and milk until smooth. Mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
The recipe actually says that you should cream the cheese and sugar together until smooth before you add the milk. I've found this to be rather impossibru as the cream cheese tends to stay rather solid even after 30mins out of a fridge. Adding the milk helps everything churn better so you don't end up over mixing. Cutting your cream cheese into smaller chunks help too.
- Fill a baking tray with water and put this tray on the rack directly below the rack your cheesecake is going to bake on. This bit of ingenuity is apparently called a "water bath". The water in the tray turns into water vapour inside the hot oven and cools down the oven somewhat. This somehow prevents your cheesecake from cracking.
- Bake pie at full temperature for 35-40 minutes, turn temperature down to 300 and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Cheesecake is done when the edges have puffed and turned colour a bit but the middle is still slightly wobbly. At that point, switch off the oven but allow the cheesecake to sit in the oven for 20minutes or so with the oven door cracked open an inch or so. The idea is cool the cheesecake off gradually. You should refrigerate the cheesecake over night before serving.
- To make the sauce, boil the water in a small sauce pan, add the sugar, jam, and lemon juice. Once this has reduced to a syrup like consistency, add the mixed berries.
Profit.Serve cheesecake with mixed berry sauce and fresh fruit.