Big, showstopper cheesecakes baked without a water bath are more likely to overbake, which will give them a curdled texture, cracks in the surface, and lopsided tops.
Can you cook cheesecake without a water bath?
You can absolutely make a cheesecake without a traditional water bath. The traditional water bath provides two elements: a steamy, humid oven environment that prevents your cheesecake from drying out on top and insulation for protecting the cheesecake from drastic temperature changes.
What happens if your cheesecake cracks?
Cracks form when the cheesecake gets too dry. But let’s say you do get a couple of cracks in your cheesecake‚ it’s really not a big deal. Unless it is very overbaked, your cheesecake will taste just as good. And no one need see those cracks: top your cheesecake with berries, chocolate shavings or whipped cream.
Do you bake cheesecake crust first?
Always prebake your crust before filling it with the cheesecake filling. Even if the recipe doesn’t call for baking the crust first, place it in the oven for about 10 minutes. This will keep it perfectly crispy and ready for a delicious filling.
Why does my cheesecake crust get soggy?
Occasionally, the cheesecake filling can penetrate into the biscuit base causing it to go soggy. Tip: To get more crispness in the cheesecake base, brush some lightly beaten egg white over the surface of the biscuit layer before you bake it.
Can you bake a cake in a water bath?
Foods may be cooked in a water bath either in an oven or on a range top. The water bath’s even heat at a constant temperature allows even baking, and also prevents crust formation and rapid expansion which can lead to cracking of surfaces.