Friday, July 23, 2010

Sliced Cheese Cheesecake

I'm so happy I found this recipe in Zu's blog as I don't usually have cream cheese in my fridge but sliced cheese, yes, always!

It was an impromptu decision to bake this. I started measuring the ingredients at 11am and by 11.15am, I was already washing up the utensils ;-)

The cheese batter was very watery and it was difficult to fold into the whisked egg whites.  After a few strokes with the spatula, I gave up and switched to mix with a hand whisk and it worked.  Such a breeze!

I baked them in 2 pans, hoping to shorten the baking time, so I could be on time to fetch DS2 from school. However, the baking time was still very much the same. It was my mistake because I used a 7" and a loaf pan, should have used a 8" pan plus a loaf pan. Also, instead of using baine marie/water bath method, I placed a bowl of hot water into the oven with the cake pans for the steam effect.
 
I thought my interval from my last cheesecake baking was good, at least 3 weeks, but I was wrong.  The kids didn't even want to eat this!  They gave me that "Huh?  Not cheesecake again!" look.  No prize for guessing who ultimately finished it up :-|

The texture of this cake is very much like the Japanese Cottony Cheesecakes I have made earlier. It yields a soft and moist cake but I thought it was abit too moist and had this mushy feeling when you bite into it. May need to reduce liquid or increase flour the next time I make this.

Sliced Cheese Cheesecake
Ingredients
(A)
5 sliced cheese (I used low fat)
200ml fresh milk (I used low fat UHT milk)
70g butter (I just cut out 3cm thick from the block)

(B)
4 egg yolks
70g cake flour (I used 1/2 cup plain flour)
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)

(C)
65g sugar (I used 1/4 cup sugar)
4 egg whites

Method
  1. Combine sliced cheese and milk in a double boiler. Cook till cheese melts, stir mixture with a hand whisk to prevent lumps.  Add butter, let it melt and stir till well blended.
  2. In another clean bowl, beat the yolks till creamy and add it to the milk mixture.
  3. Slowly stir in lemon juice and fold in flour, mix well.
  4. Whisk egg white till foamy. Add in the sugar gradually and whisk until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold in 1/3 of the whites into the yolk mixture using hand whisk till incorporated.
  6. Pour the mixture to the remaining egg whites and mix till incorporated.
  7. Pour 2/3 portion into a 7” round cake pan (line the bottom of the pan with greaseproof paper) and  the balance 1/3 to 9" X 5" baking pan.
  8. Fill a bowl with hot water and put in into the oven with the prepared cake pan, bake in preheated oven @ 170C for 20 mins.  Lower the temperature to 140C and bake it for further 40mins or until skewer inserted to centre of cake comes out clean.
  9. Leave to cool in oven wih door slightly ajar.
  10. Unmould and chill in fridge before slicing.

35 comments:

mysimplefood said...

Does this mean we can use any cheese in the fridge? Your cake turned out really well.

Bakertan said...

Hi,

I like to use balloon whisk to incorporate my egg whites these days. seem to work better than the spatula and run less risk of inflating.

The cheese cake looks soft and fluffy. I wouldnt mind having it weekly.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

Looks perfect to me! The colour's nice!

Happy Homebaker said...

I never know that sliced cheese can be used to make a cheesecake! Will love to give this a try, like you I always have sliced cheese in the fridge :)

Kitchen Corner said...

This is a perfectly baked cheesecake for me! No crack, smooth surface, evenly colored at the top. I love this kind of soft cheesecake. Thanks for sharing, I've bookmarked it and will try it when I fully recover from my sickness. Thanks!

OLGUIS said...

wow looks fantastic.
Regards
olga.

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

You bought a new pan? Label still on :)

The cake looks good to me. Soft and moist til it feels slightly mushy eh... "Featherlight cheesecake" also tasted like that.

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Blessed Homemaker said...

mysimplefood,
Yes, you can use any brand of sliced cheese.

bakertan,
I was afraid I might deflate the whisked egg whites and had been using the spatula diligently, until I made this cake. Now I like to use the hand whisk too.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Meldylocks,
Thanks!

HHB,
Yes, most calls for cream cheese recipe and I'm so glad I found this. If you don't like mushy cheesecakes, remember to tweak the recipe. Can't wait to see your blog entry.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Grace,
Thanks! I was over the moon when I saw no cracks on the cake :) Hope you get well soon.

olga,
Thanks for visiting.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Wendy,
It's not a new pan, I didn't remove the price tag :P

busygran said...

This is a revolution! Sliced cheese in a cheese cake! Yay! Don't have to buy cream cheese! It looks as perfect as a cheese cake! I wanna try!
Does it taste as cheesy as a cream cheese cake?

MaryMoh said...

This sounds interesting to use sliced cheese. The cake looks very moist and fine in texture and delicious too. Looks quite like a chiffon cake. Thanks for sharing.

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the cheesecake is so perfect without any crack,looks soft and spongy, yummy!

Blessed Homemaker said...

busygran,
I thought it tasted more cheesy, but then again, it could be due to the brand of sliced cheese I used.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Mary,
This is indeed a very moist cake.

Jess,
I love the look of this cake too!

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sherlyn said...

I can't believed - slice cheese make into cheese cake? That means if I can make this well, I do not need to wait for cream cheese offer. hahaha.

Must schedule a date to try this. Dh overseas coming week for the whole week, so must wait till he comes back.

Folding egg whites in with hand whisk, u mean instead of use spatular, use the balloon whisk to stir the beaten egg whites?

Blessed Homemaker said...

Sherlyn,
I always stock up on cream cheese when they are on offer too!

When folding whipped egg yolks to egg whites, I had problem when I was using the spatula as the yolks batter was too wet. Using the balloon whisk is much easier.

Irene said...

but it looks good enough!

Yummy Koh said...

This looks very much like the Japanese Cotton Cheesecake. Looks good - wanna try this too.

Blessed Homemaker said...

Thanks Irene!

Yummy Koh, do let me know how this turn out for you.

sherlyn said...

Help Blessed Homemaker .... I actualy wanted to try this one today .. but after reading the pan size u used, I notice I cannot squeeze in so many ... will I be able to portion the recipe, use just for 7-8 inch round pan?
How should I adjust the recipe leh?

Blessed Homemaker said...

Sherlyn,
You can use 8" pan and extend the baking time.

sherlyn said...

Are you saying, no need to reduce recipe, use as it is and put into 8 inch ?

Blessed Homemaker said...

Yes :)

The reason I baked in 2 pans was to reduce the baking time.

sherlyn said...

You are fast. Thank you Blessed Homemaker. I am tired leh .. got to go sleep :( Gd nite.

sherlyn said...

Blessed Homemaker.. I finally baked it and updated my blog too...*phew*

I took much longer time to prep everythg *sigh* and I want to check with you, my cake rose during baking, it is correct?

I still have the sunken cake problem. Sigh.

How did you unmold the cake? The top sticks to everythg so cannot flip ya?

Blessed Homemaker said...

Sheryln,
I'm glad you made this :)

My cake rose during baking and shrunk when cooled too.

If I remember correctly, a sunken top is determined by how well you beat the egg whites. I may be wrong though.

Once the cake is cooled, I unmould it using a kitchen towel and invert,then quickly turn it back upright again. Remove kitchen towel.

sherlyn said...

Hi Blessed Homemaker.

My cake did not have crater at the top, but it rose so high then it sank. So yours only rose till the height and stop there and stay there when it cools?

Oh, so the cake will not stick to kitchen towel.. wet cloth kitchen towel? dry cloth kitchen towel, or the paper kitchen towel?

hehe sorry so many qn.

sherlyn said...

I am not sure if my comment earlier went through ..

incase it did not ..

My cake did not have a crater on top .. so it just rose high high then sunk almost flat. So yours just rose to the right height and stay there till cooked?

Your kitchen towel is cloth type? wet ? dry? or paper type?

Blessed Homemaker said...

Sherlyn,
Sorry I wasn't clear in my earlier explanation.

My cake rose up while baking but when cooled, it shrunk in height. Not sure if you can see it in my first picture, the sides shrunk by about 1cm, the height was reduced too.

I used paper kitchen towel.

Anonymous said...

mine cooked in 40 mins and top cracked

Blessed Homemaker said...

Anony,
Different oven works differently. I suspect your oven temp is too hot.