At the end of the cheesecake meal, we were so impressed we asked for the recipe. This IS the best cheesecake I have had in my life! And we were told the recipe book is for sale anyway.
I bought the book, and the first place I can bake is in a small apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts where I am staying to look after my two youngest sons as they are attending school here in Harvard.
The oven is broken, in that the top heater is not working. So I depended only on the lower heat. I couldn’t use the mixer as it is a small apartment and it is so noisy if I were to use a mixer, and the kids will be annoyed.
So this is my recipe with no good oven, and no mixer. But the outcome is super good. I think not inferior to Junior’s. Try it!
150g Nabisco Ritz crackers, crushed (this is a salty biscuit, and I just happen to have it)
3 Tbs butter, melted
250g (8 oz) cream cheese (Philadelphia)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 medium egg
5 tbsp heavy cream
- Crush the crackers and add melted butter. Spread this over a lined cake tin (6 inches) and refrigerate.
- Microwave the cheese on high till it just softens and can be made into a smooth paste with a whisk.
- Add the sugar and mix well.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until very smooth.
- Sieve if you feel that the cream cheese is not smooth.
- Bake the filing in a lined 6 inch pan, over a bain marie for 60 minutes.
- When the 60 minutes is up, switch off the oven and open the oven door ajar, and let it cool until the oven temperature is at room.
- Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- If you want to add toppings, do this now. I added fresh strawberry halves and strawberry jello.
- Remove the lining of the cake and place it over the cake base.