If you’ve been following us longer than a few days, you’ll know that we are quite obsessed with all things cheesecake. Can you really blame us though? However, until recently we had never baked an actual cheesecake. Always picked up ones from the store or made no bake cheesecakes. And let’s admit, no bake cheesecake is NOT the same as a real cheesecake. All that changed about a month ago when I got over my fear and made my first one and luckily it turned out brilliantly. Crossing that off the food-to-make bucket list was a big accomplishment.
Growing up my aunt had a very close friend that made the most amazingly delicious cherry cheesecakes. Every time we had a get together, everyone would be so disappointed if she didn’t bring them. That’s what started my love of cheesecake. While I’ve always been a huge fan, Andrew really wasn’t hooked until we had Cheesecake Pancakes from IHOP. Since then, it’s been a staple in our house, but he was even more in love with me after I’ve now learned how to make a cheesecake myself. Him saying food I make is amazing is a big deal for me because he’s so picky about everything.
I learned that today was National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day and therefore decided what better way to celebrate than to attempt to make my very own. The results…incredible.
Even though this is only my second time making a homemade cheesecake recipe, I have learned a few things that are really important when following this recipe:
- Your cream cheese MUST be softened to room temperature. It helps if the eggs are too, but this isn’t a deal breaker.
- Wrapping the springform pan in foil, then putting in a water bath, will greatly change the outcome of your cheesecake.
- After baking has finished, turn off the oven, and leave the cheesecake inside for 30 mins to an hour. Then remove and cool completely
- Don’t add any toppings until your cheesecake had hardened and set up completely.
- Use a springform pan! It will seriously make you so much happier. Amazon has the Wilton 3 piece Springform Pan set for a great price!
Do you make cheesecakes regularly? What other tips do you have for us?
- 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar, divided (organic sugar preferred)
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 4 8oz packages of Cream Cheese, softened
- 12 squares (12oz) Baker's White Chocolate, melted
- 4 eggs
- 6oz fresh raspberries, optional
- More melted white chocolate, optional
- Heat oven to 325 Degrees F
- In a small bowl, mix together crumbs, 2 tbsp sugar, and butter. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and slightly up the sides with the bottom of a spoon.
- Bake crust for 10 mins. Remove and let cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, remaining sugar (1/2 cup) and vanilla on medium until well blended.
- Melt chocolate and add to the cream cheese mixture. Mix well.
- One at a time, add eggs, and beat on a low setting until blended (don't overdo the blending here).
- Pour over crust.
- Completely wrap bottom and sides of pan with foil, allowing foil to come up the sides of the pan.
- Place foil wrapped pan into a roasting pan or another oven safe dish with 1/2 inch water at the bottom.
- Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 mins or until center is almost set (should have a slightly jiggle).
- Turn off oven and allow cheesecake to remain inside oven for 30-45 mins.
- Remove pan from water bath and foil.
- Using a butter knife or metal spatula, run along the rim of the pan gently to loosen cake.
- Let cool for 30 mins before removing rim of springform pan.
- Let cool to touch and then refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Top with raspberries and additional melted white chocolate if desired.
- Store any leftovers in fridge or freezer.
We don’t actually have a roasting pan, so I place our springform pan into an 8qt Dutch Oven (ours is Martha Stewart)