I made a cheesecake at the beginning of the yearish, and it didn’t turn out too well. It was a recipe that made you bake the initial layer of cheesecake, then add a layer of sour cream and bake again for about ten minutes. When I did that, it didn’t fully bake through and came out more like a custardy pudding than an actual cheesecake. Wasn’t bad, but not what I wanted and turned me off from wanting to try making a home made cheesecake again.
BuT I just love cheesecake. My favorite dessert, hands down and any time I can get something cheesecake flavored, or cheesecake themed, I do it. Plus cheesecake is exspensive, and being able to make one for way cheaper is something I just can’t pass up!
I follow this YouTube Channel that I love and learn a lot form called Bigger Bolder Baking. I’ve done a few of their recipes before – the birthday cake I made for my Mom was one of their recipes, as is the banana bread recipe I love – Jemma just comes up with amazing recipes and anytime she comes out with a new video, I watch it. Recently, she came out with a New York Style Cheesecake recipe that she made in the microwave, that was way easier and sounded way more tastey than the recipe I did months ago! I was wondering, can you make it in the oven as well? And reading the comments in the recipe, you totally can! So that’s what I did yesterday.
I was really craving cheesecake lately, so when I went shopping with my Mom we were hunting all over for a gram cracker crust. It probably was because it was the holidays, but we couldn’t find any anywhere and weren’t going to hunt down gram crackers so I could make one from scratch. At first, I figured I’d just wait to make one: we have cream cheese all the time in the house since me and my Mom both bake. I’ve been really interested in French baking lately, and was watching a video on how to make a French apple tart. The crust in that one was a sweeter crust, and the ingredient list sounded like it would be very close to a cookie crust that would be good for a cheesecake – since there are so many other cheesecakes that have cookie crusts, like oreos. My favorite cheesecake, Jr’s, uses sponge cake as their base, so I figured why not be inventive with this and use the tart crust?
So I made the French tart crust, and it needed a little bit more sugar for my prefered cheesecake. I added a bit more sugar: the original recipe asked for 1/4 of a cup, so I did 2 of those instead of 1. When I added the extra 1/4 cup it was perfect for me, so I went with that. The French tart video described the crust to be like a cookie crust, and that’s why I decided to give it a go. Happy to say, it worked!
It compliments the cheesecake perfectly! It’s a bit of a shortbread tasting crust: it’s kinda gram cracker tasting, but has more of a cookie texture. I made the crust a little too thick, even for me, so next time I want to make it a smidge thinner. I like thick crusts, but it’s kind of hard to cut through the bottom with how thick I made it lol. It’s like having a whole cookie under a cheesecake though, so for me it’s really delicious! My family likes thinner crust so I want to work on making thinner crusts however.
The cheesecake itself is amazing! Definitely tastes like a New York style. Nice and creamy, and tastes like a store bought cheesecake to me. I love the recipe, and I’m going to add it to my baking arsenal!
This is also the first time I improvised a recipe by putting together two recipes. Honestly, I love the French pastry base, and I’ve been really interested in French baking. That was the whole reason I started looking at French baking videos, and I’m glad my creative brain had the thought process to combine that crust with the cheesecake base. I feel like it’s a major step in my baking skillset, because before I wouldn’t even have been confident enough to do something like that! I want to try using the crust in this recipe for pie crusts as well, it’s just a really tasty crust and it makes me want to try French pastry making again after my first botched attempt.
Hope you’re having a great holiday season, and baking away! Next I’m going to make gingerbread, what are you going to make this holiday season?