02 May 2008

The Inspired Cheesecake

Apparently my comment on my fabulous cheesecake wasn't good enough and Johanna wants to know more details. To accomodate her I thought I'd take a picture and everything. Aren't I accomodating?

I did read Alton's method thoroughly, and if I had made his cheesecake exactly I would have used his method exactly, because I didn't think it sounded that hard, but I didn't. I used, part of his method, the Cuisinart method and the Splenda recipe. I mixed the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, eggs and flour in my food processor one ingredient at a time and it made this really smooth batter, oh, it looked so yummy. Then I put all that into a bowl and hand mixed the milk in and then I did my usual and didn't read all the directions so I just mixed in the dulce de leche to the whole batter. It still turned out really well; instead of swirls of dulce de leche, the whole thing has the caramel-y flavor. The cheesecake is smooth and delicious, with no cracks in it.

Things I think I did to avoid a crack: water bath and after it was done baking I turned off the oven, loosened the cheesecake from the sides of the springform pan and then left it in the oven with the door open until it was completely cooled.

5 comments:

Marie said...

oh! you should make that when i come to visit! i'll have you cooking up a storm for me! how many times do you think we could manage to send Del to the grocery store in two days? the water bath idea was a good one. i would have suggested that on Johanna's original post if i were a reliable and consistent blog member. i actually like the idea of the dulce stuff being fully mixed in. i don't like swirls in my food. seems inconsistent.

Joanna said...

Good plan, now I know what to do with the rest of the dulce de leche. I bet we could send him at least half a dozen times or more. And then we could melt some extra dark chocolate and drizzle it on. Oh my goodness, doesn't that sound yummy?

Johanna said...

That does look yummy - and yes, now I am satisfied with your report! I think I like the idea of mixing the dulce de leche in all the way too, because I thought the swirls were too sweet. No one else thought so, but I did. They all just said, "It's been a long time since you had any sugar, hasn't it?"

Johanna said...

Oh, I forgot to mention befor I published that comment that I cannot really do a bath for the cheesecake because I don't have a one piece pan. Won't the springform pan leak water into the cheesecake?

Joanna said...

I used a springform pan, too. All you have to do is wrap the outside in foil. Just make sure that it's a whole piece and wrap it up the sides. Then put it in the water bath. That's what I did, and my cake did not get watered at all.

I really like it with the dulce de leche mixed in, but I'd halve the sugar to half a cup instead of one cup.