These Are The Different Kinds Of Cheesecakes You Can Make

What's your favorite cheesecake?

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You may not know it but there was an old American television series called "The Golden Girls". The show often referenced cheesecake as a frozen boxed dessert. Some say the series helped the cheesecake company sell its products, and eventually, the same brand found its way into the local supermarket freezer section.

However, that frozen cake isn't the same kind of cheesecake we know and love.

What Is A Cheesecake?

A cheesecake is more accurately defined as a pie more than a cake. A pie is defined as a pastry, with or without a bottom crust and a top crust, but has a filling. A cake is defined as a kind of bread, typically sweetened, and frosted. 

By these broad definitions, a cheesecake is actually more of a pie, a custard pie to be exact, than a cake. So, a cheesecake is a cream cheese custard-based dessert with a graham cracker crumb crust. This can be baked or not baked.

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A good cheesecake is a dessert that should have all the flavors you expect: a silky cream cheese filling with a tang on a deliciously complementary cookie crust. You can add different ingredients to change the flavor, texture, and consistency of the dessert. For example, the addition of heavy cream or sour cream to the cheesecake batter results in a cake that is thicker, smoother, and creamier in texture than traditional cheesecakes. In other words, it can be tweaked to suit your specific taste. As a result, it is always a crowd-pleaser and surprisingly easy to make. 

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What Makes A Good Cheesecake?

These are the elements that make a great cheesecake plus tips and ideas on how to make it better if you so desire:

1 A cheesecake has a delicious crust.

It begins with a good crust. Most use graham crackers crust; others use cookie dough like this classic pecan crust. You can try different crusts to add flair to your creation, like crushed Oreo cookies, ginger snap cookies, nuts, and other pastries.

The possibilities are endless, and the crust can redefine the overall flavor of your cheesecake. For example, it adds an extra dimension, a chocolate crust to highlight the sweetness versus the tang of a fresh fruit topping. It creates a different flavor profile that makes each slice even more delectable. Some non-traditional bottoms include brownies and banana cake as the base. 

2 A cheesecake uses quality cream cheese.

In all cheesecake recipes, the main ingredient is good quality cream cheese carefully blended with sour cream or heavy cream and eggs. Other bakers use extra egg yolk for a more velvety texture. Of course, using eggs would mean baking is required, while the non-bake variety is also an option; cheesecakes baked in the oven and cheesecakes made without baking have radically distinct textures. Cheesecake baked in the oven is rich and velvety, albeit dense, whereas no-bake ones are light, airy, and can be less firm depending on whether a firming ingredient such as gelatin was added. In a baked cheesecake, you combine the cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mixing is by As little air as possible being strongly advised to avoid bubbles and cracks.

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The batter can also be modified, such as this white chocolate cheesecake. The white chocolate was infused seamlessly to create a different flavor as the base of this version. If you prefer dark chocolate, go ahead and try that or swirl in the chocolate for the marble look. 

Baking the cheesecake requires a deep water bath to prevent cracking and achieve a flawless surface look. However, if your cake has a crack, some minor touch-ups with your topping are easy.

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3 A cheesecake can be delicious with toppings and mix-ins.

A plain cheesecake can be all you need to satisfy your craving but a good cheesecake should also be humble enough to handle more flavor. Here's where the popular blueberry cheesecake makes its mark. It's a great combo for those who love the fruity blueberry with the tangy cream cheese filling. This no-bake version using graham crust and blueberry topping is both easy and delicious. You can swap the blueberry for a can of cherry pie filling or even strawberries and mangoes.

However, you should not be limited to just this.

Some flavor suggestions you can try for your next cheesecake fix:

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Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

This ultimate chocolate cheesecake is brimming with big, intense dark chocolate flavors that will knock your socks off. Flavors are created by the combination of cocoa powder and melted chocolate or even chocolate spread. It's a vibrant and wonderfully creamy treat. Make this the centerpiece of your next family event, and it will be gone in a matter of seconds.

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Espresso Cheesecake Recipe 

Here's one for the coffee enthusiasts out there. Coffee enthusiasts will like that one layer of this cheesecake is bursting with the flavor of espresso coffee. This dessert is a must-try with a chocolate crust, brewed espresso cheesecake, and a topping of chocolate curls! The flavors are bold and delectable.

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake

Step it up a notch with a pecan nut crust and caramelized pecan nuts topping with a light-dark sugar glaze. This version makes a pumpkin cheesecake version with pecans and caramel.

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Cappuccino Cheesecake Recipe

Coffee with a shot of coffee in the batter, oreo cookie crust, and chocolate ganache topping might be heavenly. Try it with this recipe: 

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Burnt Basque Cheesecake

Another kind of cheesecake worth trying is the burnt Basque cheesecake. Commonly termed "burnt" cheesecake due to its trademark blackened top, this cheesecake is unlike any other. Basque cheesecakes do not have a crust and are baked at a high temperature. The high temperature generates a caramelized surface that serves as a natural crust for this cheesecake.

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Fire up your imagination and create your unique cheesecake flavor. The online selling era has not waned and only sparked the ingenuity of many bakers. Yummy's extensive recipe collection might inspire your next masterpiece. 

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