Yesterday I made homemade cheesecake. I made up the recipe from watching several vidoes online for the technique and ingredients. I only decided to make it because I got a package of cream cheese from the food bank on Friday, so I decided to use the whole thing for this.
Here are the ingredients I used for this cheesecake; 7 ounces of cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sour cream, splash of lime juice and zest (I am out of lemon’s), 2/3 of a cup of powdered sugar, 3-4 tablespoons of corn starch and 2 eggs separated, and some blended animal crackers with butter for the crust.
Here is how I made it. I blended the crackers and butter first in my blender and then pressed it into a greased cake pan. I do not have any spring form pans yet, so I used what I had. I par-baked it in my faulty oven for about half an hour until it was nice and set. Then I let it cool while I made the filling.
I used special technique whilst making this, and god knows if what I am doing is culinarily a technique or just something I made up, but it worked for me. I separated the eggs first. Then mixed the rest of the ingredients except the eggs, until it was fluffy like a frosting, then I thoroughly blended in the egg yolks until I could not tell the mix had them. Then I whipped the egg whites until it was fluffy. I had 2 large local eggs from the food bank, so the eggs whites were great to use. Not only did they age at the food bank, but they were larger then the eggs I bought on food stamps so I was able to use only 2 and it worked fine. Then I folded the egg whites into the rest of the filling and then poured it unto the crust.
Here is where I used more technique and at least I have seen this one done for cheesecake.
I created a water bath, in a large pan and placed the cheesecake pan into it, then I covered it in tinfoil. I baked it aka steamed it in a low temperature oven, since my oven will not go too high, for an hour. Then I took the steamer-tinfoil off and let it bake for another 1 ½ hours on low, until it was set. After a while it even got a nice golden look on the top and I knew it was done. We let it cool for an hour then cut into it, it was perfect!
Here are some pictures of the final product. I am so glad that It worked for me.