Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cheese Cake


Abbey's Infamous Cheesecake:

Crust:
2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs
1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cheesecake Filling:
3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1 tbsp liqueur, optional, but choose what will work well with your cheesecake

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Gas Mark 4 = 180C = Moderate heat). Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into your preferred pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan too - baker's choice. Set crust aside.

3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and alcohol and blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done - this can be hard to judge, but you're looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don't want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won't crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.


Notes:

*I swirled in a strawberry puree , 2 cups strawberries , 1/2 cup sugar, tablespoon of lemon juice. boiled down and then put through the food processor.

*For the crust i used Vanilla wafer cookies. This was DELICIOUSNESS much better than gram crackers.

*For my cake the bake time was too short, I should have cooked it about 10 minutes longer , but if you under-cook your cheesecake just put it in the freezer. Frozen cheesecake is delish.


All in all this is the BEST and EASIEST cheese cake recipe I've ever done. and I had a big help from my good friend Jennie who whipped the cream cheese till there were NO lumps. Which is something I have trouble with. Oh and I made this for Easter in case you were curious. Yes, I am THAT behind in posting.

2 comments:

Erika said...

I tried out a lemon cheesecake recipie this weekend for the frst time and it was also delicious and super easy! This looks equally tasty! Yum!

Liz said...

This looks amazing!!!!!