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Tips for Making Cheesecake

Check out our tips for preparing cheesecake crust, mixing cheesecake filling, and baking cheesecake.

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Here's some helpful tips for making cheesecake. We'll start with the crust. Here's an easy way to press it into place, using the bottom and side of a measuring cup to tamp down and form the crust to the pan. You'll want the crust to cover not only the bottom of the pan but about a half inch up the side of the pan. Now, for the cake. Let your ingredients come to room temperature. This will help ensure a smooth texture to the filling. Make sure to scrape the side and bottom of the bowl as needed. Blend cheese and sugar thoroughly before adding anything else. This is the time to make sure the batter thins. It will be difficult later to smooth out any lumps. Try to avoid overbeating, especially after adding the eggs. Overbeating incorporates too much air, causing the cake to full then fall and crack. Also, try not to overbake. An overbaked cheesecake is dry and cracked, so check for doneness at the minimum baking time. Cheesecake is done when the center appears nearly set. The very center will jiggle slightly when the cake is done. It will firm up as the cake cools. You don't need to do a knife or toothpick test in the cake's center. That will only make it crack.