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Slice Your Way Through This Creamy Cheesecake Challenge

Do you remember that hilarious episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S when Chandler and Rachel are busy stealing someone else's cheesecake and gobbling it down. Well, let's play this fun cheesecake challenge and find out how much we all know about cheesecakes.
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Cheesecake is a layered dessert in which the thin base is made of crushed biscuits, Graham crackers, or pastry. Sometimes even sponge cake may be used as the base.
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Typically a cheesecake is made from cream cheese, eggs, sugar and flavorings. In some cases a little flour is used for binding. Yeast is not used for rising.
Quick Fact
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A Japanese cheesecake is fluffier than the typical American cheesecake. The addition of meringue is what makes it light like cotton and jiggly like custard. It comes without the standard crunchy base.
Quick Fact
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Quark is like Greek yogurt, just less tangier. Besides Quark, a typical German cheesecake also includes flour, heavy cream, baking powder, butter, and even corn starch.
Good to Know
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Cheesecake batter is transferred into a springform pan, which is then placed in a roasting pan filled with water. The springform pan is used because it releases the delicate cake intact.
Interesting Fact
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Cheesecakes love humid environments and the steam from a water bath is conducive to slow and even rise of the cheesecake. It also minimizes cracking of the cheesecake.
Did You Know?
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Cream cheese sold in tubs are mostly whipped and not ideal for no-bake cheesecakes. The ones sold in bars are firmer and more suitable for the no-bake kind.
Did You Know?
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The crust needs to be chilled in the refrigerator before the filling is poured on it. This ensures the butter in the crust solidifies and prevents the cream cheese
Did You Know?
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The springform pan is wrapped with three layers of foil so that the water from the water bath does not seep into the pan and ruin the cake.
Quick Fact
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You need to allow the baked cheese cake to cool gradually. Never place it directly in the refrigerator for cooling. Condensation will ruin the cake.
Important Tip
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Savory cheesecakes are usually served as appetizers. Instead of the biscuit base, a bread crumb and Parmesan cheese crust is used.
Quick Fact
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Instead of cream cheese, soaked cashews are blended into a smooth paste using coconut milk. The agave nectar gives it the thick, creamy consistency.
Important Tip
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 Priya Johnson

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