Cheesecake is so delicious and simple to make. However,
a lot of people seem to have problems with getting it
just right. In this article I will show you how to
avoid a lot of the pitfalls that are encountered when
baking your cheesecake.
We will cover preparing and mixing the ingredients, the
cooking procedure and the final preparations.
Ideally the ingredients should be at room temperature.
Mix them together until smooth at a medium speed.
Overbeating or high speed mixing can cause cracks to
appear during the baking process.
Cheesecakes are egg based and so need a low heat
setting. Put your cheesecake in the center of the middle
oven rack. Place a shallow pan of water on the lower
oven rack. This will help stop cracking on the top of
As it is baking do not open the oven door. Draughts can
cause problems with cracking or dropping, so you do not
want to do that.
After baking is completed allow some time for your
cheesecake to settle. Open the oven door and turn the
oven off. As it cools it will shrink, and if it shrinks
too much you have baked it at too high a heat setting.
It is completed when center is almost set but moves
slightly when shaken. Let it cool completely before you
put it into your refrigerator.
A cheesecake should be well chilled before you serve it
up, allow 12 to 24 hours before cutting it. Using a
small knife, slide it all around the edges to loosen it,
and then remove the sides of the springform pan. You can
then put it onto a plate. Baking time is usually 1 1/4
hours, or until the edges are light brown.
So there you have it. No more excuses for not baking the
perfect cheesecake every time. Just follow the above
procedures and enjoy your finished results. Once you
have done it a couple of times you will be an expert.
Remember that cheesecake is thought to have originated
in Ancient Greece, so it is about time that we
discovered how to bake it correctly don’t you think?
Think of that fact as you are preparing your next
favorite recipe and thank the Ancient Greeks with every
mouthful you take. Nothing is more rewarding than a
perfect cheesecake and you now have all the information
you need to do it correctly.