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Best classic New-York style cheesecake recipe

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Here is my recipe for a classic cheesecake, which is creamy, with a touch of lemon, such as the ones you would find in New York ! I have worked hard on this recipe and the result is delicious ! I have made some versions which require no cooking, such as an Oreo cheesecake, a vanilla and red berry cheesecake and a recipe raspberry cheesecake.

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List of ingredients

  • 200 g Speculoos cookies or Graham crackers, crushed (2 cups)
  • 50 g melted butter (a bit less than ¼ cup)
  • 600 g cream cheese (such as Philadelphia) (2 ⅔ cups)
  • 1 natural unwaxed lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 25 g all purpose flour or cornstarch (¼ cup)
  • 100 g full fat creme fraiche or sour cream (a bit less than half a cup)
  • 20 cl milk (a bit more than ¾ cup)
  • 150 g sugar (¾ cup)

Steps for the recipe

  1. Mix the crushed Speculoos and the melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a springform pan and bake for 10 minutes at 180°C (350 F).
  2. Beat the cream cheese for a few seconds, add the creme fraiche and mix. Add the lemon zest, sugar and eggs, one by one.
  3. Add the sifted flour and then the milk and mix again.
  4. Pour onto the Speculoos.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 210°C (410 F), then for an hour at 90°C (195 F).
  6. Turn the oven off and leave the cake inside for another hour. Then remove the cake from the oven and let it cool down. Refrigerate for a whole night before serving.

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How to give your cheesecake the perfect finish ?

You can often find cheesecakes with whipped cream on top. Sometimes the classic versions are covered with a red berry glaze. Nowadays in France, cheesecakes are served with different toppings : chocolate spread, chocolate glaze etc. For this recipe, I went for the lemon glaze, which is tangy and shiny. This will add freshness and balance out the sweetness of the cheesecake.

 

 

How to make a shiny lemon glaze ?

It’s easy : juice 3 lemons, add 3 tablespoons of water and if you want to get a colorful mirror glaze, add a touch of yellow food coloring powder or a few drops of yellow gel food coloring. Mix together. Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave or in a saucepan until it simmers. Add 2 sheets of gelatin (that you have quickly soaked in cold water and strained beforehand). They will melt in the mixture.

Wait for the mixture to cool down for a few minutes and pour onto the cheesecake. Refrigerate.

You can also use some agar-agar instead. In this case, add 1g (½ tsp) to the mixture and heat for 2 minutes in a saucepan.

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