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Cheese cake recipe

Requirements

Spring form pan
Food processor or mixer

Ingredients

For the crust
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter (that’s 1 stick), softened
1 egg yolk
2 Tbls. sugar

For the cheesecake filling
1 lb. cream cheese
1 Tbls. flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs, separated (you’ll need both the yolks + the whites)
4 Tbls. sour cream
4 Tbls. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Serves 6-8, depending on how much you can bear to share

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Butter your springform pan or spray it with oil, then set it aside.

Make the pastry

1. Leave the butter on the counter for 10 or 15 minutes to soften up a little. Then put the butter and flour into the bowl of your mixer. Beat on high for a few minutes to combine the butter and flour. At first, the mixture will be dry and raggy looking. Beat the mixture until it’s smoother and more uniform.

2. Toss in the sugar and the egg yolk. Beat to combine. Your mixture will be soft and yellow-ish, like good fresh Play-Doh.

3. Gather the dough together in your hands. Press it together into a smooth, flat puck shape. With a bencher or sharp knife, cut one third out of the dough. Gather each hunk of dough into a ball. Set the larger ball (the one with two-thirds of the dough) aside for now.

Bake the bottom of the crust

Take the smaller ball (the one with one-third of the dough) and press it into the bottom of your springform pan. (That’s right…no rolling! Just smoosh it down with your fingers.) Keep pressing and spreading the dough until it completely covers the bottom of the pan. Nevermind that you may have some visible fingerprints. Just be sure that the coverage is fairly even, so it bakes consistently.

Pop the pan into your preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 8 minutes, until the crust is brown on the edges. Set it aside to cool while you make the cheesecake filling. Give the bowl of your mixer a quick wash, as you’ll need it clean to make the filling.

DROP THE OVEN TEMPERATURE TO 350 DEGREES. (Sorry to shout, but your cheesecake will be very sad if you bake it at a full 400 degrees…)

Start the cheese cake filling

1. Separate 4 eggs. Keep the yolks and the whites. You’ll need ’em both. Put the sugar and cream cheese into the (washed and dried) bowl of your mixer. Beat them together until smooth. Scrape down the sides of your bowl.

2. Toss in the egg yolks. Beat together until smooth, creamy, and glossy. Add the sour cream, heavy cream, and vanilla. Beat until well combined.

3. Scrape the mixture out into a large, clean mixing bowl. Quickly wash and dry the mixing bowl that you used for the filling. (Last time, I promise.)

Finish the cheese cake crust

At this point, your pan should be cool enough to touch comfortably. Grab your remaining ball of dough. Break off a chunk. You’re going to stick the dough to the pan the same way that you did with the bottom crust.

1. Take the chunk of dough and smoosh it against the side of the pan. Press it with your fingers so that it’s flat and spreads out.

2. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough, until the sides of the pan are completely covered. Leave about a half an inch or so between the crust and the top of the pan.

3. Go around the dough one more time, concentrating on where it meets the bottom crust. Be sure that the seal here is good, and that there aren’t any holes. (That way, your cheesecake filling will be completely contained when you pour it in.) Set the pan aside while you finish your filling.

Finish the cheese cake filling

1. Put the egg whites into the (washed and dried) bowl of your mixer. Beat on high for a few minutes, until the egg whites fluff up, turn opaque, and hold a stiff peak.

2. Take a scoop of the beaten egg whites and plop it into the cream cheese filling. With a spatula, fold the mixture to gently incorporate the egg whites into the cream cheese.

3. Add the rest of the egg whites to the bowl.

4. Fold again to combine. (You’re gently folding, instead of vigorously stirring, so that you don’t completely deflate the egg whites. They’re what will help give your cheesecake its poof.) When the egg whites are completely incorporated, the mixture will be light, fluffy, and look kind of…well…a little fizzy.

5. Pour the finished cheesecake filling into your prepared pan.

Bake the cheese cake

Pop the cheesecake into your preheated oven (be sure that you dropped the heat to 350 after baking the bottom crust). Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. The cheesecake is done when it has a nice brown top and feels firm in the center when pressed with a finger. (Even when it feels firm, the cheesecake will be ever-so-slightly jiggly when you take it out of the oven. That’s just fine.)

Set the cheesecake to cool on the counter, away from any drafts. The bit about keeping it out of drafts is important. As it cools, the surface of your cheesecake will crack a little. If it’s exposed to a draft, those cracks will be bigger. The surface will also sink down.

Removing the cheese cake from its pan

When it’s totally cool, remove the outer ring of your springform pan. (Pop the clip open, gently spread the ring open, and slide it up and off.) Your crust should be golden brown. Serve and Enjoy!

Copied and edited from https://www.thehungrymouse.com/2009/07/03/french-cheesecake/ credits to the author for a great recipe. My first attempt turned out pretty good, not a difficult recipe to make when you get to grips with it.
 
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