Seriously Perfect Cheesecake

If, on this Christmas Eve you still haven’t planned your special dessert for tomorrow, this may be it! This perfect cheesecake is smooth and creamy, not dense and dry.  It is baked low and slow in a hot water bath to keep it from cracking and drying out.  I spread some fresh whipped cream on mine and topped it with some fresh strawberries – beautiful and delicious!   Merry Christmas!!

Slowly Beat until soft and creamy:
3 # Cream Cheese, softened

Add and continue to beat until NO LUMPS remain:
1 cup Sugar 

Slowly Add:
5 Eggs, whole, room temp.
2 Egg Yolks 

5 oz. Heavy Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 

Prepare a parchment lined 10″ round pan with 3″ sides (if you use a smaller pan, you will have batter left – you could make mini cheesecakes in cupcake liners).  Press graham cracker crumbs into bottom only. Pour batter in, filling to 1/4″ from top of pan.

Bake in a 300 degree oven in a HOT WATER BATH* for 1-1/2 hours.  Remove from oven, allow to cool.  Refrigerate overnight to set.  To remove from pan, place over hot burner and  warm bottom. Run a knife around the pan edge, tip it over onto a plate and then back over onto a serving platter.

* Hot-water bath – Place cheesecake in a larger, deep pan and pour REALLY HOT water in the pan around the sides of cheesecake pan, filling to 1/2 way up the sides.


About bakingway

Baker/Pastry Chef for over 25 years.

Posted on December 24, 2010, in Cakes, Recipes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have attempted baking a cheesecake now three times within a week-and-a-half time span. The first two times I nearly burned my house down; I’ve never had such difficulties with any one baked anything in my life…

    They say that the 3rd time’s the charm; I’m going to go with your cheesecake advice being the charm.

    The hot water bath definitly aided an even consistancy, the temperature (300F) and time (1.5HRS) allowed for the cake to bake without any fires (the other blog I read told me to bake it on 550F). Despite it’s being golden brown on top, I am throughly statisfied and will consult your blog next time I need help.

    Thanks so much!

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