How to Make a
by Nikki Willhite
People have been debating for ages
if cheese cake is a pie or a cake. However, if cheesecake is a cake,
cheesecake is to cake
like fudge is to candy. Cheesecake is one popular
and decadent dessert!
There are many ways to make light
cheesecakes. You can find fluffy cheesecake box mixes in the store.
While these desserts are tasty, they don't compare to a traditional cheesecake.
Cheesecakes can be served at the
most formal dinner parties. However, for family meals, most people scale down
the cheesecake a bit.
Here are a few frugal cooking tips
that will make your family cheesecake better without diminishing the quality of
To begin with, have all the
ingredients at room temperature. This is very important for the cheese. It
will mix easier and the texture of the finished cake will be smoother.
Your first step will be to mix the
cheese and eggs. You must mix these well before you add any other
ingredients. You will not be able to remove lumps or make the cheese
smooth after you start adding liquid ingredients.
One of the secrets to making a rich
cheesecake is to keep the cake dense. If you use beater bars, a lot of air
will get into the batter and the cake will crack. If you have an electric
mixer, use your paddle attachment to mix the batter. If you don't have
paddles, use your beater bars, but keep the speed fairly low so less air will be
whipped into the cake.
If your recipe calls for whipped
cream or beaten egg whites, gently fold them in the mixture so they will retain
When you are done mixing the
ingredients, it is time to get them ready for baking. Cheesecake can be
made in a simple pie pan, or it can be made in a spring form pan. For
family meals most people just use a pie pan.
Press your prepared cookie crumb
crust on the bottom of the pie tin. Gently pour the cheesecake mixture on top.
Set the filled pie tin on a baking
sheet, and then place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake at the
temperature and time specified by your recipe.
Check the cheesecake halfway through
the baking time to make sure it isn't getting dark. Cover with aluminum
foil if necessary.
The cheesecake is done when it looks
dull as opposed to shiny. It will be firm but still soft.
Put the cheesecake in the refrigerator to chill. Additional ingredients
may be added before serving, such as fruit, chocolate or sour cream .
Cheesecake is a delight and a favorite dessert of many people. Cheesecake
was my mother's signature dish. Think about making it yours too!
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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