Can my cheesecake take a bath?
November 21, 2012 4:42 AM Subscribe
Quick cheesecake-cookery question.
posted by Thorzdad to food & drink (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I'm tasked with cooking a pumpkin cheesecake today. Not a problem. It's a tried-and-true recipe I've made many times over the years. However, I do have one question...
I've often seen the tv cooks bake their cheesecakes with the springform pan set in a large pan of water in the hot oven. My recipe does not say anything about this technique, so I am wondering if this water technique is applicable to any cheesecake recipe, or just the specific ones that I've seen?
The theory seems to be that the water softens the heating and prevents the top of the cake from cracking. Is this true? Do you amend your cooking time when you use the water method? The water in the pan should be hot at the start, right?
Yes, I know to securely wrap the springform pan in foil before putting it in the water.