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American Cheesecake- simply the best cheesecake!

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Who doesn’t love a delicious cheesecake? Without wanting to exaggerate, the American cheesecake is simply delicious.

It’s just super creamy, not too sweet, but sweet enough and oh, did I say creamy? I am tempted to say McCreamy 😉

Another great thing about this cake is that you can prepare it in advance as it needs to cool down overnight.

And it is really not that hard to make! Try it, with my tips below I am sure it will be a success!

What are the differences in cheesecakes?

But what is the difference between an American cheesecake, a New York cheesecake and a German Käsekuchen?

Quark does not get into any of the American cheesecakes, but it does into a German one. Then there is also a distinction between the American and the New York Cheesecake. I asked my American friends what the other differences are.

  • NY: whipped cream is added to the cream cheese
  • American: made with cream cheese and sour cream
  • German: is prepared with quark

Another difference is of course the base of the cake. The German Käsekuchen is made with a shortcrust pastry, the American one is made with a cookie base. If you can, use graham crackers, the classic American biscuits. Since I can’t get them here, I use *whole grain biscuits* and add a pinch of cinnamon for flavor.

How to make the cheesecake:

First, you got to start with the base:

If you don’t have a food processor, you can simply put the biscuits in a freezer bag, seal it and crush the biscuits with a rolling pin.

cake base

Crush the cookies in the food processor and place in a bowl- you can also use a zip log bag and a rolling pin. You just need to make sure that you close the bag 😉
Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, meanwhile add salt, sugar, and cinnamon to the biscuits. Pour the melted butter on top and mix everything together quickly and pour into the prepared spring form pan.
Distribute evenly and press firmly with the bottom of a measuring cup (or spoon) and bake for 10 minutes.

THE tin foil trick:

tin foil

After you baked your base for 10 minutes, and please do let it cool down, you need to wrap at least 4 layers of tinfoil around the springform pan. Especially the bottom edges.

Your goal is that no water can come through the pan while baking. So rather take one more layer than skip one. And then prepare the cheesecake filling as per the recipe and pour on the base.

I also tried to make this amazing American cheesecake without the water base and added some ramekins full of water in the oven. It worked but not as good as the hot water bath.

The finish:

cheesecake

When you done this, all you need to do is place the spring form pan in the water bath/ water basin.
Careful hot!

Add water in the basin (not on top of the cake 😉 ) and CAREFULLY place in hot oven.

Finally: You really need to let the cake cool in the oven with the door closed for at least 2 hours to avoid cracking. You can place a wooden spoon after 1 hour in the oven door for the American cheesecake to adjust to the cold air.

And then place the American cheesecake in the fridge overnight for the perfect result. And if it happens to crack, simply place some berries on top of the cake to hide the cracks :-)- believe me, no one will notice.

A few more tips for the perfect American cheesecake

The water bath is there so that the cake gets a soft heat from the steam. This is how he gets his even pallor and no cracks.

Aluminum foil: Please wrap the bottom at least 4 times, if not 5 times, so that no water really gets in.

All ingredients should be at room temperature for best baking results

Base: it is best to use wholemeal biscuits or Graham Crackers, if you like a higher base (or want to cover the edges as well), then simply take double the cookie and butter amount for the base.

Just to repeat myself: Allow the cheesecake to cool: Please let the cake cool in the oven with the door closed for at least 2 hours. And then place in the fridge overnight for the perfect result.

Decoration: There are no limits to your imagination. Whether it’s just fresh berries or fresh mangoes, a caramel sauce… Everything tastes good!

As you can see, there is a lot to consider. But it really is easy peasy and you will be rewarded with a sensational cheesecake!!

Oh, and my husband always wants to have the American cheesecake as his birthday cake!

love,

sabrina x

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American Cheesecake

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Step by step recipe for an amazing cake!

moderate
  • Prep time:
    30 minutes
  • Rest time:
    2 hours
  • Baking time:
    1 hours 5 minutes
  • Total time:
    3 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

24 cm springform pan
base
180 g Graham Crackers or biscuits
90 g butter
1 pinch cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
1 pinch salt
Cream cheese cream
900 g cream cheese
250 g sour cream
250 g sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 whole vanilla
1 lemon, juice and zest
4 eggs
1 pinch salt

Utensils

  • water basin
  • tin foil

Steps of preparation

Base

  1. Preheat the oven to 160 °C for a fan oven
  2. Line the bottom of the spring form pan with baking paper.
  3. Crush the cookies in the food processor and place in a bowl
  4. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat
  5. Add salt, sugar, and cinnamon to the biscuits.
  6. Put the butter on top and mix everything together quickly and pour into the prepared spring form pan
  7. distribute and press firmly with the bottom of a measuring cup
  8. Bake for 10 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool and meanwhile start making the cream.

Cream cheese cream

  1. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 210 °C
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, salt, and sugar.
  3. Scrape the vanilla out of the vanilla bean and add it.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and the zest of the lemon.
  5. Add the cornstarch and stir everything together briefly
  6. Add one egg at a time, beating until the egg is incorporated into the mixture.
  7. Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.
  8. Wrap at least 4 layers of aluminum foil around the bottom of the spring form pan so that no water can flow into the pan.
  9. Heat water in a kettle
  10. Put the cream cheese mixture on the pre-baked base and place the spring form pan in the water bath/ water basin
  11. Careful hot! Add water in the basin (not on top of the cake) and CAREFULLY place in hot oven.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes at 210 °C
  13. After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 100 °C and let it bake for 55 minutes
  14. Turn off the oven, but leave the cheesecake in the closed oven to cool for about 2 hours
  15. Remove after 2 hours and chill in the fridge overnight
  16. Garnish with fresh berries and enjoy

Notes

Super rich and creamy!

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When will the American cheesecake taste best?

Well, if it lasts more than a day… Just kidding. If you store the American cheesecake in the fridge, it will taste best on day 1 and 2. Day 3 should also be fine, but anything afterwards to the smell and taste test. If it smells or tastes off, it most likely isn't edible anymore.

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2 thoughts on “American Cheesecake- simply the best cheesecake!”

  1. My husband and I agreed that this is absolutely the best cheesecake either of us have ever had. It was the perfect texture… excellent balance of denseness and creaminess. Of course I like to add a little chocolate sauce to mine.

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