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Friday, August 25, 2006

New York Cheesecake




New York Sweet Crust:

125 gm. plain flour
50 gm. butter
1/4 tsp. baking powder
50 gm. sugar
1 no. small egg

Ingredients for filling:

600 gm. Cream cheese - room temperature
120 gm. Sugar
30 gm. plain flour
4 nos. medium size eggs
125 gm. sour cream
1 Tbsp. Lemon zest
1 tsp. Vanilla essence

apricot gel: 2 Tbsp. apricot jam + 80 to 100 gm. water + 1/2 tsp. agar agar powder + 1/2 tsp. instant jelly

Method:

(1) For crust: cream butter and sugar till creamy. Add in egg a little at a time till evenly mixed. Add in flour and baking powder and mix into a dough. Rest for about 20 mins. Then roll out the dough and lay into a 9" springform tin. Bake at 175C for about 15 mins. then remove from oven and let it cool.

(2) Beat cream cheese with sugar till creamy. Add in lemon zest and vanilla essence.
(3) Add eggs, 1 at a time until finished.
(4) Add in plain flour and then pour in the sour cream and mix.
(5) Pour the cream cheese filling into the baked crust and steam bake for about 1 hour 10 mins. or until center is almost set.
(6) Leave in the oven for about 30 mins (oven switched off) and then remove from oven or you can leave it inside till cooled.
(7) Chill in the fridge and glaze the cheese cake with apricot gel.
(8) Serve chilled.

64 comments:

delia said...

aunty yochana,
made this cake as a birthday cake for hubby. substitute sour cream with yoghurt and use digestive biscuit as base. was very delicious. thanks for such a good recipe!

yochana said...

Oh delia, that's wonderful news.

Happy birthday to your hubby.

rgds.

Seu Lan said...

Hi, Yochana,

I tried to make the cheese cake following your recipe:) it was very successful. All my frens compliment it. thanks for sharing:D

yochana said...

Hi Seu Lan,

Glad you like it.
Thumbs up!!

rgds.

shiyan said...

Hi Yochana

Your New York Cheesecake is a saviour! Ha ha. I made this cheesecake for my boss. Initially wanted to make choc cake for him but turned out to be a failure. So I made this cheesecake instead. It turned out good. =) Thanks for putting up the recipe.

yochana said...

You're most welcome Shiyan

rgds

bianbian said...

Hi Yochana,
I would like to bake your new york cheesecake using my Ariston oven. Do you know which mode to set?
TIA for your help.

yochana said...

Hi bian bian,

I'm also using an Ariston oven for my cheesecake. Remember to use baine marie (a tray of water). Turn to top and bottom heat. I think it's like an equal sign. Use 160C.

rgds

bianbian said...

Thank you Yochana I understand now the baking mode setting. Just need to clarify on baine marie.
Do i use warm or cold water? after this I should be ready for my 1st trial steambake. Just love to be able to bake New York Cheesecake.

yochana said...

bianbian,

if you use hot water then your oven will get heated up faster but if you don't have hot water, you switch on your oven earlier and put in the water for it to get hot.

rgds

xoxo said...

hi. may i know what type of sugar to use?

yochana said...

hi xoxo,

use fine sugar or caster sugar.

rgds

honeydoll said...

Hi Yochana
Just curious - can I steam bake all bake cheesecake

yochana said...

Hi honeydoll,

steam bake is baking cake in a pan of water like double boiler in an oven. Cannot steam over stove.

rgds

Lilin said...

Hi Aunty Yochana

Tried ur recipe today, taste fantastic! However, my cheesecake's "height" is abt 1/2 of that in your pics, do u know what's the reason?

Rgds,
Jalyn

yochana said...

Hi Jalyn,

With the amount of fillings, you shouldn't be having such a low cheesecake. I'm also wondering why yours is so low if you said that the height is half of mine.

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunty Yochana

When the cheesecake is ready, the centre will b set? meaning when i insert the skewer in it and take out, the skewer must b clean?

hope to hear from u soon!!

Thanx once again

Cheers
Serene

Anonymous said...

Hi Yochana

Thank you for posting such a delicious cheesecake recipe.

i baked the cake last weekend and it looked good until towards the end of the baking time - the cake cracked. Any idea why the cake cracked?

The cake looks brown at the side of the cake. Unlike yours - it is cream colour.

Thank you

yochana said...

Hi anonymous,

Did you steam bake your cheese cake. Steam bake means that you have to put your cheesecake pan into a tray of water while baking.

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi Yochana

i did not put the cheesecake pan in the tray of water. I put a tray of water below the cheesecake pan.
By the way, where do you get the baine marie?

regards

yochana said...

Hi anonymous,

Baine Marie means putting your cheesecake into a tray of hot water.

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi Yochana

Thanks for explaining what is Baine Marie. i thought it is a special baking tray!

Hope you don't mind if i ask regarding the height of the hot water in the tray. Is the height of the water similar to the height of the cheesecake? Or just some hot water in the tray?

regards

yochana said...

Hi anonymous,

ht of water is about 1/3 the ht of the tray. Make sure water doesn't seep into your spring form tin. Best to wrap up the tin with aluminium foil.

rgds

Anonymous said...

hi aunty,

I've tried yr recipe yesterday. may i know what kind of cheese u used to make this cake? The height of the cake after bake is it around 4cm? (exclude crust)

regards,
wish

yochana said...

Hi wish.

4 cm is quite normal for a cheesecake. I used Philidelphia cream cheese.

rgds

Elaine said...

aunty yo.
if i dont wanna buy apricot jam just for the cake. what other suggestions do u hv for the top coat? :)

yochana said...

Hi Elaine,

Strawberry jam will be the next choice.

rgds

Elaine said...

as for the apricot gel, can i replace it with gelatine powder?

yochana said...

Hi Elaine,

this apricot gel is for brushing only. You can omit it or just use any jam to brush it to get it a shine.

rgds

Elaine said...

aunty yo.
my springform is 20cm.. which is like 2 inches short of the required one.
do i reduce the recipe? or do i just pour and throw the remaining away?

Elaine said...

aunty yo.
another few questions.
instead of the apricot gel, can i use the strawberry swirl cheesecake method topping? :)
and is it necessary to do baine marie?

yochana said...

Hi Elaine,

You can create your own cheesecake with swirls on top. Baine marie is a must for this cheesecake.

rgds

yochana said...

Hi elaine,

Just cut down to 75 to 80% of the original recipe and you will get the right height.

rgds

Elaine said...

aunty yo, i baked this today, and when i transferred it into the cake tin, the 1/4 of my biscuit base fell out!! :(
and my biscuit base is as thick as my cheesecake even tho i reduce to 80% of recipe to fit my springform. :(
haven't taste it yet, but it looks funky. :(

yochana said...

Hi Elaine,

Oh...no way that the base is as thick as the cream cheese.

The base only uses 125 gm. plain flour and it's a thin base not thick.

For the cream cheese, I used 600 gm. cream cheese.

From the above, you will know that it's not possible to be the same thickness.

The base will not so dry as you have mentioned. It has butter and eggs and they bind together very well. Shouldn't break.

You have to analyse yourself to see where you went wrong. The recipe has no mistake at all.

rgds

Elaine said...

hello aunty yo!
i used the strawberry swirl base and reduced it by 80%. after cutting the cake, i realise the middle portion is not as thick, but the sides, i guess i didn't press down evenly look as thick as the cheese cake.

when i lifted it up, it kinda broke. i think i dont know how to lift the cake up properly and put it into a cake tin. any suggestions for that?

yochana said...

Elaine,

Try chilling it first before transferring or just let it in the freezer till it's hard. It will set and won't break.

rgds

Anonymous said...

hi yochana
if i were to reduce the recipe to 75% for an 8 inch cheesecake, would i have to change the baking time?
thanks

yochana said...

Hi anonymous,

yeah..you can bake for 50 mins. instead

rgds

Anonymous said...

hi aunty yochana

may i ask what is the temperature to bake the cheesecake?

Rgds
Diana

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi Diana,

bake at 160C.

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunty Yochana

Can we exclude the lemon zest?

Rgds
Diana

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi Diana,

Yes you can omit lemon zest.

rgds

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi Diana,

Yes you can omit lemon zest.

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi yochana,

1) Can use light sour cream instead of sour cream? Can't find it in NTUC. Will the taste be different?
2) Noticed delia used yoghurt instead of sour cream. Will it taste very different too?

Thanks,
Ling

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi Ling,

No problem, you can use yoghurt or light sour cream.

rgds

YangYang said...

aunty yonchana,
i juz started baking and faced loads of problem... i would like to ask wad kind of cream to use for the topping ? also, i would like to ask is there any recipe for none flour new york cheese cake?

thanks.. =]

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi Yang Yang,

I didn't apply any topping on this cheesecake. The only I had are the rosettes which I piped using Non-dairy whipped cream.

rgds

Hoegarden said...

Hihi Aunty Yochana,

I would like to try to make this cake as a bday pressie for my boyfren...

Can I jz ask you a few questions as I nvr try making it before?

Based on the ingredient that you listed, hw big is this cake?

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi,

Since it's using a 9" springform tin, the size of the cake is 9".

rgds

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunty Yochana,

I've tried this cheesecake yesterday for my mom. She is cheesecake lover. Thanks for posting such nice and delicious recipe..have a nice day!!


rgds,
marisa

Hoegarden said...

helo aunty yochana...

i have tried the recipe n it turn out well... however, i bake it using mircrowave conventional oven...

if i use the normal oven wif top n bottom heat... for the steambake of the cheesecake... which layers do you suggest that i put the cake to bake...??

normal oven gt 3 layers tat we can put the mental tray... should i put it near the top or bottom or remain at the middle...

awaiting your advice.

thanks for puttin up such a good recipe..

Aunty Yochana said...

hi hoe garden,

I normally place my water bath on the 3rd level of the oven which is nearer to the base.

rgds

helly ` said...

Hi Aunty Yochana,

I've previously tried making Jelly hearts and it's very yummy! Now,
I want to try making New York cheesecake and Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake but I'm a bit confused with Steam bake and Baine Marie. Is there a difference? Does it matter if the tin (cheesecake) is in the tray of water or above the tray of water?

Also, for the Strawberry Swirl cheesecake, do I have to steam bake it too?

Thank you for all the recipes and help! :)

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi helly,

Baine marie and steam bake is the same.

Strawberry swirl cheesecake - yes use steam bake too.

rgds

kete said...

aunty yochana,
i just tried making this cake for my fren's 21st birthday and its amazing!! everyone who tried it said it was good and the cake was finished up very quickly. it didnt even manage to last a day!! both me and my fren who made the cake together were very proud of ourselves. thanks for sharing this great recipe! =)

Aunty Yochana said...

Thumbs up kete..

rgds

Joy said...

HI Aunty Yochana, could you let me know if I can replace instant jelly for the apricot gel with just gelatine? Can't find this in the supermarket... Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunty Yo!

i had tried baking the cake today, but the top seem to crake a line. may i know why is this happening?

i had place the cheesecake in the tray of hot water, and placed both in oven to bake.

is there any steps that i did wrongly?

but thanks for the nice recipe too! =)

Aunty Yochana said...

Hi anonymous

A fine hair like crevice is quite normal for a cheesecake.

Try keeping your ingredients in room temperature.

rgds

kete said...

hi aunty yochana,
for the apricot gel, i have to make the instant jelly from the powder before i can use it or can i just use the powder?
otherwise can i just use apricot jam with the agar agar powder?

applemint_jackie said...

hi aunty, can I half this recipe? thanks.

Aunty Yochana said...

hi applemint jackie

yes u can half the recipe, but you must reduce the size of the tin to 7" round.

rgds

yin said...

hi auntie, for the glaze do we need to boil the mixture before using? thanx