One thing I’ve learned from this blog is that you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new. Even if there is a little fear prior to giving something a go, it can be worth it and the least you can say is that you’ve tried it.
I’ve lived my life in the most recent years with a sense of ‘you only get one chance at today.’ Which is true, but with real life comes real distraction.
You have to work late so miss catching up with a friend. A cold strikes you down so you can’t take that drive to adventure you were planning. Living life with a sense of trying something new, grabbing the bull by the balls (ahh Never Been Kissed, I still love you like I’m twelve years old) as such, can take real determined effort.
A friend of mine suggested we try Bikram Yoga recently (you know where you are in a sauna and then trying to do poses only your body knew how to get into when you were a baby), I at first thought I’d like to try that, with much hesitation.
Then I decided on it, and when I decide my stubborn will takes over and I have to do it.
My best friend joined me and there we were in that hot room trying things in a heat I never imagined I’d walk into knowingly. I did it, I succeeded, no hesitation or anxiety could hold me back.
Like trying Bikram Yoga, there was some hesitation about my first cheesecake, I had read that they can fail and it can take some time, but sometimes just willing oneself to endeavor something new can succeed.
Note: Images were updated in early 2018.
New York Baked Cheesecake
Adapted from Simply Recipes
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
70 grams butter, melted
700 grams/1 1/4 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
250 grams/1/2 pound mascarpone, room temperature
1 1/4 cups superfine/caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt
160 milliliters pouring cream
Let’s start with the cake tin, layer in four layers, as tightly and carefully as possible aluminum foil around the cake tin, to ensure no water can get in, every side of the tin should be well covered with the foil.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/355F.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt and butter together and press into the cake tin in an even layer.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes or until brown.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, lower the oven to 160°C/325F.
For the filling, add all the cream cheese and mascarpone in a bowl and beat for 4 minutes until smooth, add the sugar in installments. Add in the vanilla and pinch of salt and whip for a further minute.
Add 1 egg and beat until well combined for approximately 30 seconds, repeat with the remaining eggs.
Add in the pouring cream and whip for a further 4 minutes, until smooth.
Place the cake tin in the center of a deep roasting pan and prepare boiling water (you want the water to come half way up the tin, so this amount of water may vary according to your roasting pan).
Pour the cheesecake filling into the prepared tin and place in the oven. Carefully pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, creating a water bath for the cheesecake.
Carefully place in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours or until brown on top.
Turn the oven off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven with the door ajar for an hour.
Remove the cooled cheesecake from the oven and place in the refrigerator for a minimum of four hours.
Slice and serve with a little fruit sauce on the side.