Indulge in Creamy Perfection: New York Cheesecake Recipe
In the world of desserts, there are few creations as iconic and indulgent as the New York Cheesecake. With its rich and creamy texture, delectable graham cracker crust, and irresistible cream cheese filling, this dessert has earned its place as a timeless classic. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, mastering the art of making New York Cheesecake is a rewarding endeavor that will delight your taste buds and impress your friends and family.
Originating in the heart of the Big Apple, New York Cheesecake is believed to have been created in the early 20th century. Its roots can be traced back to the Jewish delicatessens that thrived in New York City. These delis, known for their rich, dairy-based dishes, gave birth to the cheesecake we know and love today.
The defining characteristic of a New York Cheesecake is its simplicity. Unlike its European counterparts, this dessert is unadorned by fruit toppings or elaborate garnishes. Instead, it relies on the quality and balance of its core ingredients to shine. Cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract are the stars of the show, creating a heavenly marriage of flavors and textures.
Without further ado, let’s embark on a culinary journey and discover how to make the perfect New York Cheesecake that will have your guests asking for seconds.
5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups (one pint) sour cream, room temperature
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch springform pan. Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan. This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie. Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy. Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth.
Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat thoroughly, about 2 minutes.
Pour into the prepared springform pan and place in a roasting pan (or other pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching. Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean. Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours. Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled. For best flavor and texture, this cheesecake is best chilled overnight.
Pro Tips for Perfect Cheesecake:
Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure your cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, and heavy cream are at room temperature to achieve a smooth batter.
Avoid Overmixing: Overmixing can introduce excess air into the batter, leading to cracks. Mix on low speed and only until ingredients are combined.
Water Bath: Placing the springform pan in a water bath can help prevent cracks and ensure even baking.
Patience is Key: Allow your cheesecake to cool gradually to prevent cracking. The slow cooling process is essential for a creamy texture.
Note: Nutrition values are approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.
Calories per serving (1 slice, 1/12th of the cheesecake): ~450 calories
Indulge in the velvety, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of your homemade New York Cheesecake. With its smooth texture and heavenly flavor, this classic dessert is sure to be a crowd-pleaser on any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a special event or simply treating yourself to a slice of creamy perfection, this New York Cheesecake recipe will never disappoint.
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