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My cheesecakes always crack very soon after placing in the oven, any ideas on how to prevent this??

asked by zoosavagew1 over 7 years ago

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vvvanessa
added over 7 years ago

are you using a water bath? sometimes if the oven is too dry, that can lead to cracking. ditto for an oven that's too hot. a cheesecake that cooks at too high a temperature is also likely to crack.

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boulangere
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added over 7 years ago

Not to put too fine a point on it, all baked custards except pumpkin pie should be baked in a water bath. With cheesecake especially, it is important that all ingredients be at room temp before mixing. You're working with an emulsion, which is difficult to achieve with cold ingredients. Always mix cheesecake on the paddle, and never above the lowest speed. And of course always bake in a water bath.

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lorigoldsby
added over 7 years ago

so agree with Boulangere and vvvanessa! Step #1 is room temp ingredients
(also imp is that u don't use low fat or light cream cheese--higher probability it will crack!
step#2 is to mix at your lowest speed, slowly adding eggs one at a time. don't add the next egg until it is fully incorporated. This step takes time--don't rush it!!

Step #3 is the water bath

Step 4 is to unhinged your pan carefully after running a knife sound the edge. If the cheesecake is attached to the ring, the tension will create a fissure.

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Panfusine
added over 7 years ago

@boulangere, thanks so much for the detailed specifics behind the science of cheesecake. NO cookbook would ever care to share suchcrucial details! you piqued my curiosity however with the pumpkin (why does that alone not need a water bath?

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boulangere
boulangere

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added over 7 years ago

Pumpkin pie has a pastry crust that would quite literally (I think) never bake to doneness if in a water bath. Can you tell how much I love, love, love cheesecake?

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Panfusine
added over 7 years ago

@ Boulangere: you should write a book on it..I'd be the first one to buy it.. LOve cheesecake, but am terrified of trying to make it!

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boulangere
boulangere

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added over 7 years ago

YOU? Afraid of a cheesecake? Words seriously fail me here. But gosh, what do you have to lose but some cream cheese, a few eggs, and some sugar? Be brave!

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WannabeBaker
added over 7 years ago

I second, third, fourth, whatever, the above tips. But I have found that a water bath doesn't always work for me and read a good tip from a Washington Post article. Warning: Super easy but it takes a long time. Toss out whatever temperature your recipe calls for and set your oven to 200 degrees. Pop your cake in the oven without the bath and let it cook for at least 6 hours (might even need a minimum of 8 hours). The whole point is getting the center of your cheesecake to around 160 without letting the outer edges overbake. I remember the article's author said she often made her cheesecakes right before going to bed and then letting them cook over night. The beauty is that you can let them cook for even longer because the oven temp is so low.

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