14 April 2012

New York Cheesecake with Strawberry Glaze

What is your favorite cake?!

One sunny afternoon, the Mr asked me, “do you know what’s my most favorite cake?” I yelled in pride because “Doh! Brownies!!” I knew I was right! I knew it!
I wasn’t.
“That’s a bar, not a cake.” He chose one moment to be picky and I must say, very well chosen!
(Rolls eyes) “What then?” already, I'm thinking it would be blueberry or chocolate.
Beep Boop! Wrong again. It’s well along the sides of strawberry, cheesecake and pie, or all the three in one! 

Anywho, the Mr loves cheesecakes but doesn’t like cheese. Smearing cheese on everything is “Eww”. As opposed to me, I want a cheese tower every occasion possible. Yes, a cheese tower. Ok, maybe just a cheese platter. (*hints)
So! I baked him a cheesecake. There’s no special occasion, yet no occasion more special than this. Simply thanking the man. Thank you, deer, so much for our similarities but... even more for our differences.

Now, this cake was originally from Epicurious, adapted by Catalyst Cupcakes, then adapted by moi. I used the homemade cream cheese from this post. And this is how it turned out.


Crust
8 graham cracker sheets
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted.

In a food processor blitz the crackers until small crumbs form. Pour in the melted butter and blitz again until the mixture is now moist. Pour into springform pan.  With a flat-bottomed glass press firmly into the base in an even layer. Once the crumbs are packed into the bottom of the pan bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just starting to go golden.  Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the filling.  Raise the temperature of your oven to 475°F once the crust is removed.

Cheesecake Filling
560 g cream cheese, softened
100 g sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
50 ml buttermilk
1 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp Water
3 large eggs (rm temp)
1 egg yolk (rm temp)



Add all the eggs and yolks into a bowl, and set aside.  In a small cup or dish combine 1 tbsp of water with 1 tbsp of cornstarch, mix until thick and smooth.

Combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla. Mix until fluffy, scrape down the sides. Add in the remaining sugar, buttermilk, and salt, mix until incorporated, scrape down the sides. Add in the eggs two yolks at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition. Once incorporated scrape down the sides and turn the mixer back on, slowly pour in the cornstarch mixture and mix for 30 seconds.

Place your prepared and cooled crust in the spring-form pan on a cookie sheet with high sides.  With a pastry brush, melt about 1 tbsp of butter and brush the sides of the pan with the melted butter to help prevent sticking which is the main cause of cracks in the cheesecake.

Pour the mixture into the prepared spring form pan.  Lightly tap the tray on the counter to release any air bubbles.  Then with the back of a spoon smooth out the filling. Put the springform pan in the oven which should be at 475°F, cook for 15 minutes and without opening the door turn the oven down to 200°F.  Let the cake cook for 90 minutes. 
Remove from the oven and run a sharp thin knife along the edge of the cake between the pan as extra insurance to prevent cracks. Let the cake cool on a wire rack completely 2-3 hours, before transferring to the fridge to cool for at least 4 hours to overnight.

Let's not forget the strawberry jam. Noelia sent me her recipe (she's such a dear) and I just had to use it!!

What is YOUR favorite cake?!
Love love love,
Jes

53 comments:

  1. jes, this cheesecake looks so good, i'm salivating! your mister knows his cakes. :) i love how you wrote out the recipes too on the photos! very clever! have a great weekend!

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    1. @ Marissa: there's just something about ruby red that draws us girls!

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  2. Thanks for cheeesecake bee, I love it!

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  3. You had me at Cheesecake.... but that red did draw me in as well! Looks fantastic!

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  4. Yeah!!! It looks amazing!!! Im so glad you like the jam recipe! I always use that one, sometimes with plums etc!

    Besos!

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    1. @ Noelia: Thank you for the recipe, really!! Would love to try plums! Is there anything I should look out?

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  5. That's a gorgeous cake! I am especially impressed with the glaze - it's so smooth, mine always turns out lumpy and sloppy.. Must have been delicious!

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  6. I tried to live a comment just now, but it seems to have disappeared, so just in case, I'll repeat that it's a beautiful cake :-)

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    1. @ Cooking Rookie: The secret is to sieve/strain it.. I did it twice... And let the cake chill with the glaze for a few hours... Thank you for visiting back! :)

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  7. This is amazing...I can't wait to try this myself.

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  8. I think my favorite would be any cake with a thick layer of a cream, hahaha. I love yours as well. Actually I find the american cheesecake the best in the world!

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    1. @ MyFudo: Please do try! This recipe is just amazing... Maybe use the original recipe by Catalyst Cupcakes!

      @ Marta: haha! Of course!! ;p I love japanese cheesecake.. but it was time to tackle the NY cheesecake!

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  9. I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but I will ALWAYS take a slice of the strawberry kind!

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    1. @ yummychunklet: I'm not, as well... but some people just love these, so. much.

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  10. Oh my goodness these photos looks sooo clean and crisp and this cheesecake looks very tasty! Bravo.

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    1. @ Tia: Thank you!! It took me 3 "photoshoot" sessions! Yes, 3!!!

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  11. This looks like SUCH a gorgeous cheesecake - you've baked a winner girl! :-)

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    1. @ thelittleloaf: I was quite proud of it.. even more so when I came home after 5 hours, only half of it was left.... good recipe indeed!

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  12. This looks seriously good!

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    1. @ Shumaila: Thank you!!! It was a surprise how soft it turned out!

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  13. Jes dear! This cheesecake is absolute perfection! A classic combo and I sure know one person in my family will be a happy camper, my dad of course. Lovely beautiful photos which continues to mesmerize my eyes every day.. have a good week ahead!! Huggss,,

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    1. @ Jo: Hello there, missy! Thank you!! My original plan was to sit with the whole cake in hand and just nom it all up... But, too late... :') and sharing is always nicer...

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  14. What a spectacular looking cheesecake, it looks perfect!

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  15. Honestly a cheesecake looking that good, I can eat the whole lot.

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  16. With a cheesecake as good looking as that, I can eat the whole lot

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  17. I love cheesecake, and this one looks so delicious!

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    1. @ Alana: Thank you and your name is very pretty... :p

      @ angsarap: I'd eat the cassava cake you prepared so fast you won't even see me....

      @ Hovkonditorn: Thank you! You'd be pro-cheesecake then! :p

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  18. Oh wow dear this is hitting my sweet spot. Strawberry+cheesecake=YUM

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  19. Oh dear wow it hits my sweet spot, strawberry+cheesecake=YUM

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  20. Oh that is great JESICA! My hubby is cheesecake crazy too and would love this! This totally hits the sweet & the summery fruit spot. lovely!!

    chow :) DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

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    1. @ WhileHeWasOut: Sweet spots heehee...

      @ Devaki: Thank you Devaki, please do tell me how to pronounce your name... I'm just stumped!

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  21. This cheesecake looks amazing... You truly have a gift!!!
    I nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award since you're such an inspiration
    http://www.balticmaid.com/2012/04/liebster-blog-award/

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    1. @ Baltic Maid: Aww, that is so sweet of you... My gift is my stubborn persistence ;p

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  22. The cheesecake look delicious--and you're sooo nice!

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    1. @ artofnaturalliving.com: he would not have agreed to that..

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  23. Looks delicious and I'm so impressed

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  24. I totally adore cheesecake - that tangy sweetness is irresistable to me! This looks great Jessica!

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    1. @ Loveforfood: Thank you! I do not deserve that.. :')

      @ Heidi: I'm starting to adore them as well! :) Tangy and sweet! refreshingly light and cold! I love your photographs too!

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  25. to me, cheesecake just doesn't seem right without strawberries being somehow involved. a glaze is an excellent idea!

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  26. I love cheesecakes, chiffon cakes and chocolate cakes - all at once of course! Your photos are eye candy!

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    1. @ grace: Many would argue about blueberries, you know ;p

      @ WokandSpoon: ALL AT ONCE! Nothing goes bad with everything all at once ;)

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  27. I can't imagine a more beautiful looking New York Cheesecake - nailed it :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  28. gorgeous! this cheesecake looks absolutely perfect - i love that photo of the perfectly straight slice with the sharp point. just beautiful.

    cheese tower? yes please.

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    1. @ Choc Chip Uru: Thank you!! I'm impressed by the recipe as well! You have to try it!

      @ meg: your recent road trip spelled jealousy! I love that picture as well... Unfortunately tastespotting don't..

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  29. I love cheese I think I could eat a tower of cheese ;)
    And my favourite cake would be probably simple one with fruits like blueberries or strawberries, and maybe a little bit of crumble at the top :)

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    1. @ Magda: That cake sounds like a necessity right now :) and the tower of cheese - drool

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  30. I absolutely looove cheesecake. This one looks delicious!

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    1. @ Vicky: Thank you! I'm really happy with how it turned out too!! :D

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  31. Hai jes, tq for sharing this wonderful recipe. I will tried it and post into my blog. qistcupcakes.blogspot.com

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