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Saturday 22 April 2017

Fluffy Japanese Cheesecake | Step-By-Step Baking Guides

Yummy! This is my favorite dessert. You can serve this cotton-soft cheese cake as plain as simple, or spoon the syrupy berries on top. I love the smooth creamy taste and fluffy texture, melting in my mouth, a little piece of heaven. 

● 180g cheese spread (dairylea)
or your favorite cream cheese
● 78g whole milk
● 25g sugar
● 2, large egg yolks
● 33g cake flour
● 28g corn flour

● 2 egg whites
● 50g sugar

You will need 6-inch round baking pan. Line with the prepared round of parchment paper in the bottom and the sides and grease with butter.

Pre-heat oven to 130ºC, always use (oven thermometer) and bake with both top and bottom heat with fan assisted and bake for 1 hour 25 minutes.

1) In a saucepan, heat the cheese spread over low heat, sprinkle some sea salt, add milk and sugar, stir until melted. Turn off the heat, add egg yolks one at a time and sieved flour, mix until smooth. It is very important not to over mix at this point.

2) Whisk egg whites until foamy and add sugar a little bit at a time until stiff peaks, the peak stands straight up when the beaters are lifted from the mixture about 3-5 minutes.

3) Folding cake batter into a whites and mix until incorporated. Pour the batter into 6-inch cake pan and Use a large baking pan for a cold water bath and bake in preheated at 130C for 1 hour 25 minutes.

To make sure your cake to succeed even better. It is best to use an oven thermometer and you'll always have the exact temperature of your oven in mind.

4) Once cooked, leave to cool 10 minutes, until the oven temperature reached 50ºC, which can cause your cake to collapse. Dropping the cake pan from high to prevent the cake to shrink too much during cooling. Make sure cakes are properly cooled before cutting them. Use a sharp and hot knife to cut the cake and present individual plated. Serve immediately or chill in a fridge overnight.

Helpful Tips:
1) Can you freeze the cream cheese? Not recommended. The texture will change considerably. It will be more crumbly and less creamy once thawed. it won't be as creamy as it used to be. When frozen, the cream cheese's liquids and solids will separate and this will alter the texture of the cream cheese. Still, frozen and thawed cream cheese is safe to use in cooking and baking.
2) I recommend one thing, do not pour the yolks mixture into the whipped whites because doing so you compress the albumen and all the work is gone. 
3) Use a clean, dry bowl, free of yolk and any other oil or grease while beating egg whites.  
4) Beat the egg whites about 3-5 minutes at middle speed, until, firm and nearly stiff peaks. Beating egg whites is a very important process, It will help your cakes rise with perfectly.
5) Do not overbeat the egg whites,  it will cause cake shrinks after baking.
6) Do not over mix the cake batter, must be less than 25 times to prevert cake shrinks excessively around the edges.
7) Be careful not to over fold, because you will inevitably deflate the batter, causing it to not rise properly in the oven. Fold just until combined, then call it quits.
8) Store in covered containers in the fridge and consumed within 2 days.
9) Do not bake the cake quickly at a high temperature and don't remove hot cake out of a baking pan. otherwise the cake could fall apart and crack on top. Baking cake at a lower temperature will help the cake rise much higher and bake more evenly. 
10) You can test the cake by poking it with a skewer, if it's cooked the skewer will come out clean. if not pop it back in the oven and bake until it's ready. 
11) Cover with foil after a few minutes if the cake of top starts to get brown and continue rising nicely with a golden top.
12) For guaranteed results it's important to follow exactly this recipe and baking at the right temperature also recommended to use an oven thermometer. Please understand that everyone's oven work differently. You should also check the temperature of your oven. if not, your cake won't rise well. 
13) Cake sink or collapse after cooling, because you've turned the hot cake in the oven too soon once baked or pans were greased too heavily or placed too close together in the oven or over-baked.

Recipe Source: Josephine's Recipes

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