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Are you ready to learn how to make an unforgettable cheesecake that will leave everyone begging for more? Look no further! Today, I’m going to show you how to create a towering New York-style cheesecake that will blow your mind. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to make. Get ready to indulge in a slice of creamy goodness topped with a homemade cherry topping. Let’s get started!
Creating the Perfect Cheesecake Crust
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the crust, you’ll need 12 whole graham crackers, which will yield about 1 and a half cups of graham cracker crumbs. There are a few ways to crush the crackers: you can use a food processor, a rolling pin and a Ziploc bag, or a high-powered blender.
Once you have your crumbs, transfer them to a mixing bowl and add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 6 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter. Stir the mixture until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Then, press the mixture into a 9-inch nonstick springform pan. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 8 minutes, then let it cool completely to room temperature.
Preparing the Creamy Cheesecake Filling
While the crust is cooling, start boiling a pot of water. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 4 and a half blocks (or 2 and a quarter pounds) of softened cream cheese and 1 and a fourth cups of granulated sugar. Beat the mixture on medium-high speed for 5 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl occasionally to ensure a smooth texture.
Next, add 6 large room-temperature eggs, one at a time, waiting until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Scrape down the bowl as needed to ensure a uniform mixture. Once all the eggs are incorporated, add 1/4 cup of sour cream and 1 and a half teaspoons of real vanilla extract. Mix everything on low speed until well combined.
The Water Bath Method: A Cheesecake Secret
To prevent cracks and achieve a perfectly level cheesecake, we’ll be using a water bath method. Take two heavy-duty large sheets of foil and wrap them around the edges of your springform pan. Make sure the foil is not touching the rim of the pan to allow the cheesecake room to rise. Place the pan in a large deep roasting pan and pour the cheesecake filling over the cooled crust.
Now, it’s time to add the hot water from the pot you boiled earlier. The water should reach about 1 and a half to 2 inches up the sides of the springform pan. Be generous with the water, as it will ensure even baking and a lighter color on the sides and top of your cheesecake. Carefully transfer the pan to the center rack of your preheated oven.
The Perfect Bake: Achieving Creamy Perfection
Bake the cheesecake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, then, without opening the door, reduce the heat to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking for 1 to 1 and a half hours, or until the cheesecake is almost set. To check if it’s ready, gently wiggle the pan. If there’s a slight wobble in the center, it’s done.
Once the baking is complete, remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the water bath for 45 minutes. Afterward, transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool to room temperature. This is an important step to ensure the cheesecake sets properly. Cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The Final Touch: Homemade Cherry Topping
Before serving, make sure the cheesecake is fully chilled and set. Now comes the fun part – the cherry topping! You can use either fresh or frozen cherries to make a delicious cherry sauce. I recommend using frozen cherries if they’re not in season.
Pour the sauce generously over the chilled cheesecake, allowing it to drip down the sides. The combination of the velvety smooth cheesecake and the sweet cherry topping is simply irresistible. You can even use the cherry sauce as a topping for pancakes or waffles. Get creative!
Taste Test Time: Dive into Cheesecake Heaven
Now it’s time to cut into that masterpiece. To achieve clean and beautiful slices, dip a knife in hot water, dry it off, and gently cut through the cheesecake. Wipe the knife and dip it in hot water between each slice for a professional presentation.
The texture of this New York-style cheesecake is phenomenal, with its fluffy and whipped consistency that melts in your mouth. The crust adds the perfect touch of simplicity and complements the creamy filling. It’s safe to say that this recipe will become one of your new favorites.
Conclusion: Easy, Creamy, and Absolutely Delicious
Congratulations! You’ve made a stunning homemade cheesecake that will impress everyone who takes a bite. Remember to be patient and let the cheesecake cool and set overnight before enjoying. And don’t forget to try that mouthwatering homemade cherry sauce – it’s the perfect finishing touch.
If you’re looking for an extra-special treat that’s surprisingly easy to make, this New York-style cheesecake recipe will satisfy your cravings. So go ahead, indulge in a slice of creamy heaven. Your taste buds will thank you!
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