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…
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.
I always complain though that it is so expensive to buy in the supermarkets (about £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 bake 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
Make the biscuit base
Mix together a load of soft cheese with vanilla extract and sugar…
…Until it is lovely and creamy
Pour into baking tin
Bake until golden on the top and until it has a very slight “wobble”
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…
Wash the raspberries
Blend them with some sugar and lemon juice
Sieve out the pips
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