• Nicole Short

My Favourite New York Baked Cheese Cake Recipe

New York has a lot of amazing food on offer but I do think they have the very best Cheesecakes– rich, creamy and absolutely foolproof! Follow my simple tips for cooking a perfectly baked cheesecake every single time.


Preparing the base: Use a round, flat glass to press the mixture down as firmly as you can on the base and sides of the springform pan. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Don't over-beat the mixture: Over-beating will cause the cheesecake to crack when cooking. Mix with hand-held beaters or a stand-mixer on medium/low speed. It's important to mix until only just combined - you don't want to get too much air into your cheesecake mixture as it's meant to be dense and firm when baked.

Grease and line a springform pan: Prepare your springform pan by removing the bottom tray, greasing it, placing a sheet of baking paper over the top and then securing it with the clasps. This makes it easier to move the cheesecake onto a serving dish. Ensure that you also grease and line the sides of the pan with baking paper too.

Use full fat ingredients: Full fat cream cheese and full fat sour cream work best in cheesecakes and will give you the ultimate rich and creamy texture. If you're going to do it, do it right and go the full fat version!

Use room temperature ingredients: For best results, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing (cream cheese, eggs and sour cream).

Add a pan of water to the oven when baking: If you want an extra luscious and creamy cheesecake, place a tray of water in the oven on the lowest shelf and place the cheesecake on a middle shelf. This will also help to prevent cracking.

Do NOT open the oven: Opening the door will change the temperature and cause the cheesecake to sink and crack. Once the cooking time has finished, still do NOT open the oven door. Leave it closed (with the oven turned off) for at least 2 hours before opening.

Place the cheesecake tin onto a baking tray: Avoid any mess or spills by placing your springform pan onto a baking tray before cooking. Because the cheesecake is cooked in a springform pan, some of the butter from the cookie base may escape through the small cracks - and your baking tray will be there to catch any drips!

Bake the cheesecake low and slow: Make sure your oven isn't too hot - if it is, the cheesecake may crack. Keep in mind that oven temperatures can vary, so if you think yours runs a little hot, turn it down slightly before baking.

Leave the cheesecake in the oven after baking: After baking the cheesecake, make sure you leave it in the oven for at least two hours with the door closed as this will help to prevent the cheesecake from cracking. Keeping the door closed the entire time throughout cooking and cooling will ensure a smooth and flat cheesecake.

Chilling the cheesecake: When you remove the cheesecake from the oven (at least 2 hours after the cooking time has finished), leave it on the bench until it has cooled completely (still in the baking pan) and then place into the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours (preferably overnight).

How to know if the cheesecake is cooked (without opening the oven door): It's very important NOT to open the oven door during and after cooking which means that you can't physically check that the cheesecake is cooked. Firstly, trust that if you follow the recipe (and your oven temperature is correct), 1 hour and 15 minutes is enough to cook the cheesecake through. The cheesecake will continue to cook and set as it slowly cools in the oven. You don't want to overcook it.

Storing: Place the cooled cheesecake (still in the baking tin) into the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours (preferably overnight). Then wrap in plastic wrap and place into an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Serving: Baked cheesecakes are best served at room temperature. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before slicing and serving. If decorating, do so immediately before serving.

New York is a special place for me, it was the start of a new chapter and a great adventure. Backpacking and exploring the New World for 6 months was very unique.


for base...

200g short crust biscuits

180g ground almonds

250g salted butter

for filling...

1 Cup Sugar

2 tubs cream cheese (500g)

1 tub Sour Cream (250g)

2 lemons (zest and juice)

1 tsp vanila paste

6 eggs


Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (140 degrees celsius if using fan-forced).Grease and then line the base and sides of a 23cm springform pan with non-stick baking paper (see tips for details).

Finely crush the biscuits in a food processor and then place into a large bowl.Add the melted butter and mix thoroughly until well combined.Spoon half of the biscuit crumbs onto the base of the prepared tin. Use a glass to press the mixture down evenly (you will also need to use a spoon to press the edges down firmly).Press the remaining half of the mixture firmly up the sides of the pan (leaving a small 1cm gap near the top).

Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon rind with electric beaters until just combined (don't over-beat).

Gently beat in the eggs (1 at a time). Beat until just combined.

Stir through the sour cream. Gently pour the cream cheese mixture into the base of the tin.

Place the the tin onto a baking tray and bake for 1 1/4 hours or until just set in the centre. Do not open the oven during the cooking time or the cheesecake will crack and sink (see recipe tips below).

Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for 2 hours.Place the cheesecake onto the bench until completely cooled before placing into the fridge (still in the baking tin).

After a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge (preferably overnight), carefully remove the cheesecake from the baking tin and remove the baking paper.Allow to come to room temperature for 1 hour before serving and then top with fresh blueberries and icing sugar (garnish - optional).

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Happy Baking
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