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How to Make a Better Cheesecake

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 the cake.

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 their volume.

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 - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

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