Baking Cheesecake

When I started this blog again I decided I’d use it for a bit of baking talk as well as book reviews. I’ve done a load of baking since coming home from university but I haven’t yet got round to writing a baking post for my blog, because I always forget to take photos! But here are a few of the cakes I’ve made since being back…

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But here’s my first baking blog, about cheesecakes!

I’ve made fridge set cheesecakes (relying on gelatine to set) many times before, all with success, but I hadn’t ever tried making a baked cheesecake. I am so fond of New York Cheesecake, and have been ever since I tried some while in New York with mum back in 2010.

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I always complain though that it is so expensive to buy in the supermarkets (about Β£4) so I’ve never actually bought it in the shop before. But having bought the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook and seeing cheesecakes on Great British Bake Off last week, I couldn’t resist! Plus, I’ve introduced my parents to GBBO, and they’ve started watching it with me on a Wednesday evening, so of course they were super keen for me to make them a cheesecake!

I am pleased to say that my New York Cheesecake turned out great! The biscuit base got a little soggy, because the water I was baking it in managed to seep into the tin a little bit, but it still tasted great! The only other issue was the cookbook said to bakeΒ it for 30-40 minutes… Well that turned in to nearly 2 hours baking time, but never mind!

So here’s how I made it

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Make the biscuit base

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Mix together a load of soft cheese with vanilla extract and sugar…

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…Until it is lovely and creamy

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Pour into baking tin

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Bake until golden on the top and until it has aΒ very slight “wobble”

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Leave it to set overnight in the fridge, and it should look something like this!

Then I didn’t leave it there, I decided that I would make a homemade raspberry coulis (sauce) to go with it! So…

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Wash the raspberries

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Blend them with some sugar and lemon juice

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Sieve out the pips

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Pour into a jug and leave to chill in the fridge for a few hours!

And here we have it, the finished product. New York Cheesecake with raspberry sauce

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