Japanese Cheesecake Recipe
Japanese cheesecake – cotton soft, light, pillowy, the BEST cheesecake recipe EVER. Tried and tested, a MUST-BAKE for cheesecake lover!! | rasamalaysia.com
Makes One 8-inch or 9-inch cake
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140g/5 oz. fine granulated sugar
6 egg whites
6 egg yolks
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
50g/2 oz. unsalted butter
250g/9 oz. cream cheese
100 ml/3 fluid oz. fresh milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
60g/2 oz. cake flour /superfine flour
20g/1 oz. cornflour (cornstarch)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2. Make the meringue by whisking egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. You can beat with a stand mixer or handheld mixer. Add in the sugar and whisk until soft peaks form. (Click on the link to see image of how the meringue should look.)
3. Take 1/3 meringue and fold into the cheese mixture, then fold in another 1/3 of meringue. After incorporated, pour the batter back to the remaining 1/3 meringue and fold. FOLD GENTLY. Pour the mixture into a 8-inch round cake pan (lightly grease and line the bottom and sides of the pan with grease-proof baking paper or parchment paper).
4. Bake cheesecake in a water bath for 1 hours 10 minutes or until set and golden brown at 160 degrees C (325 degrees F).
1. I baked the cake in 9” round tin, did not line the sides.
2. If you use a 8″ pan, it is very important to line the sides of the 8” pan with parchment paper, make sure the parchment paper extends higher than the cake tin by about 1.5”.
3. If springform pan or loose base cake tin is used, wrap the base of your cake tin with 2 layers aluminium foil, to prevent seepage.
4. I baked the cake on the lowest shelf in the oven (to prevent cracks on top and over browning).
5. The purpose of using double boiler is to melt the cheese, butter, and milk mixture. I heated and simmered the water in the double boiler ON the stove. For the water bath, I used hot water.
6. I left the cake to cool down in the oven with the oven door open, about an hour. This is to prevent sudden change of temperature that may cause the cake to shrink drastically. It’s normal that the cake will shrink about ½ inch to 1 inch after cooling, it’s normal. If the cake shrinks a lot, the main reason is over mixing the egg white mixture with the cheese mixture. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, FOLD VERY GENTLY, do not stir or blend.
7. Refrigerate the cake (with or without the cake tin) for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Japanese cheesecake – cotton soft, light, pillowy, the BEST cheesecake recipe EVER. Tried and tested, a MUST-BAKE for cheesecake lover!!
When I was home in Penang a couple of months ago, my friend and contributor CP Choong baked these cotton soft Japanese cheesecake and gave me some to try. Oh my, they were so good and exactly like the title of this post, cotton soft…and cheesecake. Japanese cheesecake is very different from the rich “western-style” cheesecake; Japanese cheesecake is soft, light, cottony, and absolutely to die for.
After I tasted the Japanese cheesecake, I told CP Choong that I wanted her to contribute the recipe on Rasa Malaysia and share with the readers. She promised me to do that. A few days ago, I was just so happy that her email and gorgeous pictures popped up in my email inbox. Not only she made the Japanese cheesecake again, she did something extra…she decorated the top of the cake with beautiful patterns, as you can see from the photos here.
This Japanese cheesecake recipe is adapted from two recipes online. I am just so happy that we have this baking recipe now, and I can also bake this for my son. I can get Japanese cheesecake at Asian bakery here but they are just so expensive.
For those who is curious about Japanese cheesecake, I strongly urge you to try the recipe. I will say that after you taste it, you might not want to go back to regular cheesecake again. Happy baking!