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sew and sew 03-27-2013 02:25 AM

Need an amateur friendly quality cheesecake recipe
For my SIL's upcoming birthday. She loves to bake for others' birthdays herself, so I feel more of a necessity than usual to make sure that I do a quality cake for hers.

She loves cheesecake and chocolate. I'd be intrigued by a recipe that hits those notes and that berries (maybe berry drizzle of some sort) could also work well with.

Saria 03-27-2013 09:36 AM

You could always make a bullseye:


That way you get both chocolate and vanilla and it looks cool. Use all vanilla instead of almond extract if you prefer.

Or you could try a white chocolate cheesecake:

Cheesecake with chocolate glaze:

Caramel goes well with chocolate and fruit:

I recommend you do a low-temperature cheesecake 275-300 rather than a water bath if you're nervous about baking one.
No-bake cheesecakes are also really nice, but different in texture and require gelatin.

sew and sew 03-27-2013 11:30 PM

Thanks for the links!!! They all look mouthwatering.

I'm not sure if I've ever had a baked cheesecake, now that I think of it. I love the texture of the cheesecakes that I have had.

I'll ask my SIL if she has a preference there.

Saria 03-27-2013 11:42 PM

You're welcome. Most cheesecakes are baked, so I would think what you've had are baked. No-bake cheesecakes are the rarer of the two.

xcptnl 03-30-2013 06:04 PM

This is my go to recipe. I cannot help you with the chocolate part though-I like my cheesecake plain. I do not even like fruit on it :) I always 1/2 the topping part.


Makes: 16 servings Prep 25 mins
Bake 350F 1 hr
Stand 15 mins
Chill overnight


Crumb Crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 3 8 ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • Topping:

  • 1 16 ounce container dairy sour cream

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare crust: 2. Combine crumbs, sugar and butter in bowl. Scrape into 9-inch springform pan; press evenly over bottom and 1 inch up sides.
Prepare Cheesecake: 3. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed in large bowl until blended. Beat in eggs, vanilla and lemon juice until blended. Pour into prepared pan.
4. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until puffed and golden. Transfer to a wire rack and let stand for 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
Prepare Topping: 5. Stir together sour cream, sugar and vanilla in small bowl until blended. Spoon over top of cheesecake, spreading evenly.
6. Bake 10 minutes or just until the topping is set. Transfer cheesecake to rack to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight. Remove side of pan. Garnish with mandarin oranges, if you wish. Makes 16 servings.

sew and sew 03-30-2013 11:58 PM


Originally Posted by Saria (Post 2145495)
You're welcome. Most cheesecakes are baked, so I would think what you've had are baked. No-bake cheesecakes are the rarer of the two.

My SIL said she doesn't mind either way. Right now I'm leaning toward doing the bulls-eye cake, but I have a week or so to decide. Thanks again :)

Xcptnl - I like the simplicity of that. I'm a cheesecake fan myself so that's getting filed away. Ty!

Ethel_Cook 03-29-2016 01:38 PM

The first time I made a cheesecake, I just checked online. I chose the non bake one. It's easier.

GiftedGirl 07-14-2016 02:48 PM

cheesecake lovers who are looking for an alternative cheesecake recipe with a different taste can try these ones from the middle east.

this one;
Knafeh Recipe - A Sweet Story From 1001 Nights | Maggwire

or this one;
Kunafa Recipe - Sweet As Turkish Delight | Maggwire

both are basically the same but with different ingredients.

up to your choice of taste

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