My cheesecake looks like boiling soup?!

I do not know what I am doing wrong. This is my 2nd attempt at a lemon matcha cheesecake. Same failed results both times.

Andrea Holm
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Happygoin December 22, 2019
I agree with Nancy. I’m wondering if it’s a weird enzyme in the monk fruit. Sort of like the enzyme in pineapple that won’t let gelatin set...

Also, the recipe wanders so far from regular cheesecake recipes....sometimes when you do that, it’s just that the new ingredients don’t play well with the other ingredients.
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
Maybe I have created a monk fruit curd cookie! So sad that this awesome sugar substitute doesnt play nice in cheesecakes. Lesson learned!
boulangere December 22, 2019
Yikes! Can you provide the recipe you are using, or a link to it? My first response is to ask why they are not baked in a water bath.
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
I can't find the link now, but ive been using a guide to building your own cheesecake recipe that solved my many cracked cheesecakes. Ditching the water bath in favor of tightly covering it with tinfoil at 350 for an hr, then uncovering for 20 mins. Ive had so much success with this method and have never gone back to using a water bath. The recipe was 3 8oz cream cheese packages, 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, pinch of salt, 3 eggs, and 1.5 tsp matcha powder.
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
Ive been making cheesecakes for over 10 yrs without anything even close to this kind of a failure. I'm not even sure if these are edible... The boiled look is so strange. My one thought is both lemon and matcha in a cheesecake is new to me. Maybe they dont mix well? But ive found many other recipes online that call for 1.5 cup of lemon like I used...
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
Oh! I also tried one other new thing in these. I used monkfruit as the sugar. Not granulated sugar. Maybe that's it!
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
Im getting my numbers mixed. .5 cup of lemon! Not 1.5
Nancy December 22, 2019
Everything - cook, ingredients, methods - is stable except for the monk fruit sugar.
When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four
Andrea H. December 22, 2019
Lesson learned! Keep the monk fruit out of the cheesecake! :(
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