Today I try to answer one of the toughest questions ever. When it comes to my favorite cake I have very high standards (not only when I am talking about cakes…). Therefore it’s not easy to decide for one cake or recipe. On one hand I am a big fan of apple cake (the German one with streusel) and all the other fruit based cakes and muffins. On the other hand I am also in love with cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants and of course cheesecake.
To shorten the whole answer I decided to show you my favorite cheesecake recipe which reminds me of my great times when I was working at a big retail chain coffee shop (the one where they offer the best coffee in the world!).
Okay, so what are the important elements of the perfect cheesecake? First of course a crunchy crust made of cookie crumbs (I took whole-grain cookies), second a very creamy and rich cream cheese filling which melts on your tongue and the last element for me, a slightly sweet-sour raspberry sauce. All together it’s kind of an explosion of flavors in your mouth!
Funny is that the original cheesecake is actually really old and wasn’t created in New York. First variations were created in Greece during the Olympic Games and contained flour, wheat, honey and cheese. When the Romans conquered Greece, they modified it by adding crushed cheese and eggs and served it warm. Finally they brought the recipe to the Europeans and later to the United States. In 1872, a New York dairy farmer discovered a process which resulted in the creation of cream cheese (everybody knows the brand Philadelphia) and with this Americans started using the magic ingredient cream cheese for the cake.
The famous New York Style cheesecake is served with just the cake no addings of fruit, chocolate or caramel. The german Arnold Reuben (1883-1970) is meant to be the creater of the New York Style cheesecake. When I visited New York City, of course I couldn’t resist trying several variations of cheesecake. Finally this recipe combines all the elements which represent the perfect cheesecake for me!
New York cheesecake
150 g whole grain cookies
50 g rusk
85 g butter
125 g White sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
500 g cream cheese
350 g curd cheese
optional: 100 g raspberries
- Preheat oven to 170°C. Crumble cookies and rusk and mix with the butter and salt. Press crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
- In another bowl whisk together eggs, vanilla sugar and white sugar. Add curd cheese and cream cheese
- Stir cream cheese and sugar with a wooden spoon in a large bowl until evenly incorporated, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Pour mixture into prepared springform pan and bake for another 40 minutes.
- After baking, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven. This prevents forming cracks on the top of the cheesecake.
- Serve plain or with raspberry mousse.
Have fun baking!