WATCH: How to Make a Japanese-Style Cheesecake
Japanese-style cheesecakes are light, airy, and fluffy.
While you may be used to dense, creamy, and luxurious cheesecakes, Japanese cheesecakes are totally different. They are light, airy, and melt-in-your-mouth. Get this texture by whipping egg whites to soft peaks and carefully folding them into the cheese mixture. Pair this Japanese cheesecake with coffee or tea—it’ll be the perfect midday snack.
Japanese Cheesecake Recipe
Makes 1 (8-inch) cheesecake
1 (8-ounce) pack cream cheese, cubed, at room temperature
¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter, cubed, at room temperature
½ cup sugar, divided
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 medium eggs, whites and yolks separated
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch round pan with parchment paper.
In a double boiler, melt cream cheese, milk, and butter until smooth.
Add 1/4 cup sugar, flour, baking powder, egg yolks, lemon juice, and vanilla extract; mix until well combined. Set aside and let cool.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip egg whites with cream of tartar. Add remaining sugar gradually. Whip until soft peaks form.
Fold in 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the remaining egg whites. Do this gently and gradually to prevent the whipped egg whites from deflating.
Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Place pan in a large rectangular baking pan with 2- to 3-inch-high sides. Pour hot water into the outer pan until halfway full. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until top is browned and cake looks set. Turn off heat.
Let cool inside oven until almost at room temperature. Chill overnight or at least 4 hours before serving.