Send Your Taste Buds To Heaven With These 4 Cheesecake Hacks
When it comes to dessert, there are some classics that can’t be outdone. From apple pie a la mode to tiramisu and beyond, baking and pastry arts students learn how to make these treats and put an original spin on them. There’s one, however, that people may have difficulty with: cheesecake. This well-loved dessert relies on its layers working together to create the perfect bite.
Here are four ways you can perfect your cheesecake and leave guests gobsmacked:
1. Make sure all ingredients are room temperature
Cheesecake, specifically, and baking, in general, are all about precision. All of the ingredients need to work together to ensure the creation is at its best. For cheesecake filling to be just right, all of the items need to be the same temperature. We know that leaving everything out overnight isn’t always a possibility, but do your best. Bon Appetit recommended giving all ingredients two hours on the counter if you can’t prep the day before.
Once eggs, butter and cream cheese are at room temperature, get to work!
“Culinary arts students shouldn’t shy away from full-fat ingredients.”
2. Don’t skimp on the fat
While there are plenty of low-fat recipes out there for cheesecake, culinary arts students wanting to bake the real thing shouldn’t shy away from full-fat ingredients, according to Comfortably Domestic. These items – full-fat milk, graham crackers, sour cream, condensed milk – will give your dessert its full flavor and make people come around for seconds.
3. Have the right tools on hand
To aid in your accuracy efforts, you’ll need some materials outside of your ingredients to create the perfect cheesecake. The first is a springform pan, which enables you to remove the circular mold once your cheesecake is set. The Telegraph also suggested a digital scale, an electric mixer, rubber spatula, a water bath and a cake stand. While the majority of the items are useful in the baking portion, the last item is for decoration only. Together, these tools will ensure your cheesecake stays together and cooks gently and evenly.
4. Bake the crust beforehand
One of the most common problems baking and pastry students experience is a loose and wet exterior layer. As a result, the rest of the cheesecake has trouble standing on its own and maintaining its shape. To prevent this issue, bake the crust beforehand. After crushing the ingredients for this outer element – usually graham crackers or cookies – combine the product with butter and begin to use the mixture to line the inside your pan. You want the crust to be about one-fourth of an inch thick, according to Allrecipes. Bake for around 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until the crust is a shade darker than it was before.
While making a pie is no easy feat, the perfect cheesecake is even more challenging. Using these tips and tricks, baking and culinary arts students can master this skill and present a creation that has friends and family calling for the recipe.