Wednesday, April 15, 2009

BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE




This is not really an Asian recipe. However I felt compelled to add this recipe as most Asians simply love good cheesecake. It is a great dessert and it will simply suit all occasion. Baking cheesecake is relatively easy as long as these steps are complied. Cracks on the surface of a baked cheesecake is a common problem and is caused either by over beating the mixture or by overbaking. In order to prevent cracks make sure you beat the ingredients at low speed as, unlike other cakes, you do not want to add a lot of air into the mixture. The thing to remember is that you want the cheesecake to be firm but, if you shake the pan gently, it should still wobble a little, and the center will still look a little wet. Do not exceed 120 degrees Celsius. Cheesecakes should not to be eaten straight away as they need to cool and then be refrigerated overnight, so the flavors have time to blend and the texture becomes nice and firm. Time is the main issue here. You can’t rush to bake a cheesecake

The ingredients..
The Crust:
2 cups (190 grams) of Digestive biscuits (Blend whole cookies in a food processor
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (114 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Knead all the ingredients together until they become cookie dough


The Filling:
1 kg Philadelphia cream cheese. (Room temperature)
1 cup (200 grams) castor sugar
3 tablespoons (40 grams) all purpose flour
5 large eggs. (Room temperature
1/3 cup (80 ml) whipping cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla e
ssence
½ teaspoon of salt


Topping:
Canned blueberry paste. Alternatively, you can use strawberry paste.
This is the way it's done..
Grease spring form pan with butter. Make sure that the spring form pan is well greased as cracking can occur if the cheesecake sticks to the sides as it cools

For Base Crust:
Press the cookie dough evenly over the bottom and about 2cm up the sides of the spring form pan. Cover and refrigerate while you make the filling.

For Cheesecake Filling:
In bowl of your electric mixer place the cream cheese, sugar, and flour. Beat on low speed until smooth. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well (about 30 seconds) after each addition. Scrape the
sides of the bowl again. Add the whipping cream, lemon juice, vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. Remove the crust from the refrigerator and pour in the filling.

Now it's time to bake...
Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Place the pan in the centre of the oven and lower the oven temperature to 120 degrees Celsius and continue to bake for about another 2 hours. (Away from direct heat as far as possible)

The cheesecake will be firm and only the center of the cheesecake looks a little wet and wobbly. (trust me, it's done) Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
Let cool before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating. This cheesecake tastes best after being refrigerated for at least a day.

Final touch...
Brush the sides of the cheesecake with melted chocolate.
Spread the blueberry paste on top of the cheesecake and refrigerate it again for another hour at least. (If the top of your cheesecake still cracks, the blueberry topping will hide them)


Bon app├ętit.

2 comments:

  1. Cracking of cheesecake is quite common. Follow the steps religiously.
    Your cake probably turned brown because you placed the cake on the lower rack. Make sure it is placed at least on the middle, away from direct heat. No water required. You see, some ovens do not really give the correct indication on it's built in thermometer. Use a baking thermometer instead. 120 degrees celcius, for two hours, away from direct heat, furthest possible. Avoid opening and closing the oven. Have faith in maths :)

    To avoid cracking, the mixer must be on the lowest speed. You don't want the mixture to be filled with air bubbles, unlike other cakes. Grease the sides of the spring form pan as well. Use Kraft Philadelpia Cheese. The eggs & cheese must in at room temperature during mxing. Hope that helps. Try them out and let me know ok.

    -Kamarul-

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  2. Hi

    Saya pun bukanlah reti sangat memasak nih, kecuali yg simple2 saja. Jadi pasal baking nih, saya ada soalan... electric ovens usually got upper heat, lower heat, and a circulation fan. a typical household-grade elctric oven usually offers the folowing options:

    1. lower only
    1a. lower only + fan
    2. upper only
    2a. upper only + fan
    3. upper + lower
    3a. upper + lower + fan

    which type of baking is best for each option above?

    Thank you.

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