It started with me and M, playing Wii together and racing Mario Kart. We both love the game and we play till very late at night. It got boring after some time and we decided to place a bet to make it a little more interesting, and this is one of the outcome. The bet was, if he won, I get to make him cheesecake, and if I won, I get to have his coke or something (I don't remember, there were too many bets and I finally gave up cuz he won too many). M LOVES cheesecakes and I LOVE making cheesecakes. Despite having baked so many cakes and cooking so many things, I rarely make anything for him. No particular reason other than that we don't have our own kitchen and he is quite a picky eater. Well, this would be the first cheesecake I will ever baked for him. I am fine with it though, I was glad to make it as I had 3lbs of cream cheese sitting in the fridge, and we are on a quest to put on some pounds on M. This seems perfect.
Alain Ducasse's cheesecake (which I should say that it turned out great!). However, Pierre specified to bake it for 1.5-1hr 45minutes, which seemed impossible as I made Ducasse's recipe before and it called for 3hrs of baking for less amount of filling. By the end of the 1hr and 45minutes, the cheesecake was mostly runny still, as expected. I baked it for 2.5hrs total and it seemed to be decently set, especially after refrigerating it for 24hrs.
I also made a simple chocolate sauce to go with the cheesecake for the pregnant sister in law (not photographed), but you can serve it with any kind of sauce you like. M loves the cheesecake (hurray!), and I shared it with a few friends too and they gave me great feedback. So this will stay for sure, I would just suggest to increase the baking time.
There will be a couple more of cheesecake posts coming up in the near future, stay tuned!
Pierre Herme's Cheesecake
Refer to this recipe
Pierre Herme uses pate sucree (baked, grind into powder, add 100g softened butter, and bake again)
Note: If using pate sucree base, I would suggest adding 4Tbs of melted butter instead of 100g of softened butter
1 kg (2 1/4lbs) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 egg yolks
70g heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 195F
- Mix the cream cheese and sugar and beat until smooth.
- Add egg yolks, eggs and cream one by one until fully incorporated and smooth
- Add the flour and mix well.
- Pour the cream cheese filling onto the cooled cheesecake base in the ring on the baking sheet.
- Place in the oven and bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours (I baked mine for 2.5hours) until the edges are set and the middle is a little wobbly.
- Remove the cheesecake from the oven, set aside to cool, then refrigerate.