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Kay's House of Treats: New York Cheese Cake

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New York Cheese Cake

And I am back .... I was busy travelling due to office work for about a week, first to Lahore and then to Singapore; was initially really excited about the travel because I was like great, once I get done with the official work, I will be able to do some sightseeing and probably try out new cuisines and get ingredients in the meanwhile. But what wishful thinking that turned out to be; thanks to the weird temperature change in Karachi, I fell sick which basically majorly ruined the domestic travel, and ensured that I was so tired and sleepy for the Singapore travel that it was all I could do to maintain my energy level for the training that I was attending. Once I was back in the city, all my friends are like so how was the trip? It must have been so much fun, but honestly, while the trip wasn't boring or anything, but with office work from 9:00 - 6:00 pm combined with after work socialization from 6:30 - 10:30 is definitely not a relaxing trip. I am really glad I have this weekend to recuperate and also get back to my blogging and cooking/baking schedule.

To start off, one of my favorite recipes - Baked New York Cheesecake. I love baking desserts, and I have experimented a lot and keep trying out new things, but I have never tried cheesecake because cream cheese is usually so expensive that I was always worried about something going wrong and all that cheese going to waste. Finally managed to get some cream cheese on sale and made this a few weeks ago and it was just one of the best desserts ever. So easy to make, and the taste was just so much better than what you get at a store. All that you need is some sauce to drizzle over the cheesecake to make it even more delicious.

New York Cheese Cake
Ingredients for Crust:
15 graham crackers, crushed (Substitute McVites Digestive biscuits in Pakistan)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Ingredients for Filling:
4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese (It has to be softened, so before adding the sugar, mash it up with a fork; it becomes softer and creamier and its easier to add the sugar and beat both ingredients together) - the best brand is Philadelphia cream cheese, but Kiri can be substituted though the flavor will be slightly different 
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream (substitute 1 cup greek yoghurt or strain yoghurt in a muslin cloth till water is drained and yogurt is thick) 
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Note: The above quantity makes a lot of cheesecake filling, and it can easily be halved to make two separate cheesecakes, or one medium sized cheesecake. 

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan. Put two layers of aluminium foil around the bottom spring foam pan in order to ensure there is no leakage.
2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of spring form pan. These can be pre-baked for 5-10 minutes for a crisper crust.
3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust. Don't over-beat otherwise it might crack.
4. Pour water in a roasting pan and make sure it is big enough to put the springfoam pan inside. Put the cheesecake batter in the water bath and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 1 to 2 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4-6 hours until serving.

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6 Comments:

At December 16, 2012 at 8:30 PM , Blogger bushraalee said...

Oooooh... I can almost taste this one. Looks great Kiran. Tell me. When you say cream cheese, will Puck do? Kraft wala? Also, how does one get sour cream in khi?!

 
At December 16, 2012 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Kiran said...

I used Philadelphia in this case but Puck, Kiri and even Happy Cow will work; the only thing is that since ur using so much cream cheese, that will be the dominant flavor, so I'd suggest using the brand which tastes the best out of those three like Kiri is a bit more tangier than Philadelphia or Puck ..
And I substitute yoghurt hung in muslin cloth for sour cream but I use branded yoghurt (Nestle or Millac) instead of the Desi style .. Desi is a little too tangy ..

 
At December 22, 2012 at 2:39 AM , Anonymous Sana Ahmer said...

I tried it home with my mom. It was awesome my mom helped me in it. we in short with this recipe had a very good form of sweets after dinner :) looking for more good recipes.

 
At December 24, 2012 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Kiran said...

I am glad you liked the recipe :) .. do let me know if there are any more recipes I should put up?

 
At December 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Kiran Edhi said...

That's a lot of cream cheese. Can we half the recipe
Some ppl say doing so actually spoils the real taste

 
At December 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Kiran said...

Hi Kiran ..
You can - my cousin just did that two weeks ago, and her review was that it turned out great.
Since it was a lot of cheese, I also made two cheesecakes instead of one and saved half the cream mixture for later - both versions turned out great.

 

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