Thursday, December 18, 2014

Junior's New York Cheesecake for Vlad's Birthday

Tuesday was my colleague Vlad's birthday. Vlad's favourite type of cake is cheesecake, which he makes known several times a year by asking when I am going to make cheesecake.  Accordingly, cheesecake is what I made.

The recipe I used was  Junior's New York Cheesecake, as published on the Epicurious website. I had wanted to make this cheesecake for ages - ever since I saw a travel article naming the author's top 5 New York cheesecakes. Junior's cheesecake was declared the best by the author, and from my research, he is not alone in that view.

This cheesecake was quite straightforward to make. I used the 9" crust with the 8" filling and was glad I did - the 9" pan was full to the brim once the cheesecake baked up in the oven.

I really liked the ultra-light, barely there sponge crust. I do like some form of crust on my cheesecake as a vehicle for the filling, and this sponge crust is perfect. I also enjoyed the light fluffy filling which the recipe authors aptly described as being like billowing clouds.

I wrote on the cheesecake with piped caramel filling.

I received heaps of compliments on this cheesecake at work - a sure sign it was better than average because people often say nothing about my baking because I do it so often.
Two people even asked for the recipe.

If you are a cheesecake lover, I highly recommend that you give Junior's recipe a go.


Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I would be happy to devour this cheesecake, Vlad is super lucky! :D

Choc Chip Uru

~~louise~~ said...

Everything you have ever heard about Junior's Cheesecake is absolutely true, Gaye. Your Cheesecake looks phenomenal!!!

I still remember my first experience at Junior's in Brooklyn. My very best favorite Aunt took me there for my 13th birthday. (she also took me shopping for anything and everything I wanted, lol...Silly me wanted very little:)

Here in the states you can sometimes find them selling a variety of Junior's Cheescake flavors on TV. There's even one variety that includes a slice of each different kind. I've had the Junior's Cookbook on my wish list forever. One of these days I really should splurge for it. I'm pretty sure it covers not only the recipes but the history of the establishment too.

You've brightened my day sharing this cake, Gaye. (of course a teeny taste would have been nice too:) I'm sure Vlad was thrilled by your kindness and of course this creamy, dreamy cheesecake too.

Thanks for sharing, Gaye...

Johanna GGG said...

that looks delicious - though the sponge cake crust looks a bit of extra work - I really like biscuit bases and wonder if I could do the filling with a regular biscuit base

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh I need a new cheesecake recipe that is a bit lighter! I should give this a go :D

Kari said...

I feel for you not getting comments about all of your baking, but understand that when it's done a lot, people probably slack off in the 'thank yous'! It does speak to the quality of this if you got more remarks.

Kayte said...

Oh that cheesecake for Vlad looks absolutely sinful and delicious...cheesecake is one of those things that I can never leave alone...either it or I must leave the house. Seriously. Unless you drizzle chocolate on it, then we are both fine in the same house at the same time. Yours looks like one of those I would need to leave the house or send it packing after I had one slice. YUM!