BFTP: Blast from the past 🙂
This was the first cheesecake I ever made, and was certainly not the last. I grew up on the ‘no bake cheesecake’, which while it can be tasty, is not reallllllllly cheesecake (especially not with canned pie filling thrown on top…okay food snobbery over). I made this cheesecake as a birthday present for a former co-worker, and it gave me all the cheesecake-making confidence in the world!
Like most of the things in my life, good or bad, I tend to analyze the sh!t out of them. I must have read half of the articles and reviews of cheesecake on the web before deciding this recipe from Allrecipes and the methods I would use to make it. The only adaptation I made to the recipe was to up the Baileys to 1/2 cup (duh, I’ll always up the booze).
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, is my motto with cheesecake making, and probably mostly out of superstition I have followed the same routine when it comes to the actual baking of them, which I will share with you 🙂
The Heather Method of Cheesecake Baking
- I always put parchment paper over the bottom of the springform pan before snapping it together (hanging outside of the edges). This is because of my fear of the crust sticking to the base of the pan and ugly slices 🙂
- I always wrap the whole outside of the pan in foil to help insulate the sides so that they do not overbake.
- I always put a pan of water on the lowest rack of the oven instead of putting the pan itself in a water bath. This adds the moisture to the oven without the fear of leakage (More fear! I have cheesecake issues!).
- Last but not least, I always leave the cheesecake in the oven when it is finished with the door cracked until it has completely cooled.
- Then, and only then, I put it in the fridge.
Look Ma! No cracks! Okay, you might see a couple bubbles, but it was pretty good for my first attempt!
I might not need to do any of these steps to make a delicious, beautiful cheesecake, but for a couple minutes of work, I’m not going to chance it 🙂 I’ve made many, many cheesecakes since this one, but it still holds a special place in my heart as it was my first.