New York Cheesecake Recipe

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Here I want to show you my New York Cheesecake Recipe.

Bake a creamy fine cheesecake lightly – with success guaranteed.

There are many nice baking recipes in Germany, including recipes for delicious juicy cheesecake.

You can justifiably claim: In my home country, cheesecake is one of the most popular cakes ever!

Today, however, I would like to look beyond the German cheesecake scene to America with you. Because, for the NY Cheesecake I simply melt away! 

If you ask yourself: What is the difference between these two cake worlds? I will give you the answer in chapter 1.

So let’s get in the kitchen quickly so we can get started.

1. Recipe New York Cheesecake

Now we don’t have far to go and are armed with the basic information for our baking success.

Have fun and creativity while trying it out!

New York Cheesecake

Baked several times, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 8
Calories 971
Total Time 120 Min.
Preparation Time 30 Min.
Cook Time 90 Min.

Simple guide for baking New York Cheesecake.

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NY cheesecake with strawberries
New York Cheesecake Recipe Image © Thomas Sixt


Cake base

220 g butter biscuits (finely crumbled)
1 pinch Salt (I prefer to use Himalayan salt)
75 g butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla flavour (or a packet of vanilla sugar)

Cake filling

900 g cream cheese (I like to use Philadelphia)
300 g Sugar (I prefer to use brown sugar)
30 g starch
2 tsp vanilla flavour (I use liquid vanilla flavour)
2 pc eggs
175 ml Cream
1/2 pc Lemon (Organic lemon juice and abrasion)

For caramelizing

4 tbs brown sugar


100 g fresh strawberries
6 tbs Sugar


Prepare the cake in a water bath

Brush cake pan with butter.
Brush cake pan with butter.

Prepare springform pan

Preheat the oven to 180° C

Grease a springform pan with 28 cm diameter well with butter.

Wrap the springform pan well with aluminium foil and prepare it waterproof for a water bath in the deep oven tray.

Cake base

Chop up the biscuits for the cake base
Chop up the biscuits for the cake base.

Crush cookies

Crumble the butter biscuits and mash them finely.

Melt the butter
Butter when melting in the pot

Melt butter

Heat the butter

Mix the biscuit crumbs with the butter
Mix the biscuit crumbs with the butter. This creates a simple cake base.

Season cookies

Mix the butter and butter biscuit crumbs with a pinch of salt and vanilla flavouring to a dough.

Put the biscuit crumbs in the cake pan
Put the butter biscuit crumbs in the buttered cake tin.

Fill dough

Put the cake dough into the buttered tin and press firmly.

Wrap and seal cake pan in aluminum foil
Wrap and seal cake pan in aluminum foil

Pack mold

Secure two sheets of aluminum foil on a large work surface by folding them together.

Center the cake pan with the dough base pressed firmly.

Prepared cake pan
Cake pan with cake base and wrapped in aluminum foil.

Seal cake tin

Place the prepared mould, wrapped in aluminium foil on the underside, ready for filling.

Cream cheese filling

Add eggs to the cake filling
Add the eggs to the cake filling.

Cheese filling ingredients

Put the cream cheese, cream, eggs and sugar in a bowl.

Prepare the cake filling
For the cake filling, put the cream cheese, lemon zest, vanilla sugar and starch in a bowl.

Stir cheese filling

Add the starch, vanilla aroma, lemon juice and lemon grind and mix.

Pour the cake filling
Pour the prepared cake filling into the cake pan.

Pour cheese filling

Pour the cream cheese filling into the prepared cake tin.

Smooth out the filling
Spread the poured cream cheese filling in the mold.

Spread filling

Smooth the filling evenly.

Cake in a water bath
Pour the baking sheet in the oven with the cake pan over the water.

Bake cake

Reduce the oven temperature to 120-140° C

Place the filled cake tin in a high baking tray. Pour about 1/2 l onto the baking tray. The cake is protected by the aluminium foil.

Bake the cake in a water bath for a good 90 minutes or let it set.

Take the cake out of the oven after baking and put your cake in a cool place for at least 6 hours.

Prepare the strawberry sauce

Strawberries with sugar before mixing
Put the sugared strawberries in a saucepan before mixing and process into the strawberry sauce.

Prepare strawberry sauce

Finely mash the strawberries with sugar

Mixed strawberries in a colander
The mixed strawberry sauce in a sieve.

Strawberry sauce strain

Pass the strawberry mash through a fine sieve to make a great strawberry sauce.

Dressing and serving

Original NY cheesecake with strawberries
New York cheesecake originally served with strawberries and strawberry sauce

Serve cheesecake

Arrange the cake pieces with fresh strawberries and the strawberry sauce decoratively and serve.

Bon appetit!


2. Nutritional Values

3. Baking Tips for New York Cheesecake

That’s just great: The creamiest and most elegant of all cheesecakes always succeeds!

So we don’t have to stir any bottom dough in this sense. The filling or cream is also made quickly.

All you need for the base is crushed biscuits (e.g. classic butter cookies), melted butter and a good pinch of salt.

Even the filling doesn’t make it difficult for you:

For this you need cream cheese – I recommend the classic Philadelphia.

If you can’t get hold of the classic Philadelphia in the shops, take the cheaper version and let it drain in a sieve in the kitchen towel for 3-4 hours before baking.

Then you need sugar, starch, a good portion of vanilla extract (liquid extract – no powder!), eggs, lemon juice and grated lemon juice and cream.

So simple and fast it goes for soil and cream! With this emotional lightness we are preparing for a long baking time and long waiting time. This is the horse’s foot to our NY baking story 🙂

Clever ones prepare the cake at best one day before serving!

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt

Our great cake captivates also after baking by its noble paleness. Heavily browned the cake failed.

How do we manage this? I recommend to cover your springform pan with aluminium foil on the outside, tight enough that no water can penetrate at the bottom of the tray. Then place the tin in a deep baking tray filled with about 1/2 liter of water.

So that we really don’t get a footbath, I even put some crumpled aluminium foil under it. So tinker a little bit, how it fits best. Don’t worry, that’s no effort.

Baking in a water bath only works at a low temperature in the oven (approx. 120-140° ‘C’ top/bottom heat) with a good 90 minutes baking time. So you really need patience!

Chop up the biscuits for the cake base
Chop up the biscuits for the cake base.
Put the biscuit crumbs in the cake pan
Put the butter biscuit crumbs in the buttered cake tin.

4. Prepare Strawberry Sauce for NY Cheesecake

Beautiful spirits add a special touch to the cake and prepare a fruit mirror of strawberries or raspberries.

A fruit sauce is a great addition. I read that in New York, strawberry sauce is preferred. In fact, this could only be validated locally.

I’ll have to make my travel plans. Big Apple, here I come…

Strain the strawberry sauce through a sieve
Put the mixed strawberries through a fine sieve.
Mixed strawberries in a colander
The mixed strawberry sauce in a sieve.
Cheesecake with raspberries
Cheesecake with raspberries photographed from above

5. Comparison German Cheesecake and NY Cheesecake

Where the filling of the German cheesecake is made of quark, this American cake is actually made of “cheese”, namely cream cheese.

Another feature is the base: The base is not a short pastry, but is made from crushed cookies – usually butter cookies.

Baking in the oven is done at a low temperature of 130-140° C for the casual American version and 90 minutes in a water bath for a long baking time.
Our domestic German cheesecake, on the other hand, like many other cakes, is baked at a good 200° C.

Baking NY Cheesecake works at a low temperature,
while we bake German cheesecake at a high temperature.

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt

For the fine NY style cheesecake, the cake should be chilled for a good 6 hours after baking.

To serve it in the classic way on your plate I recommend a homemade strawberry sauce.

The fruit sauce gives a great taste experience. The German cake on the other hand bakes pickled morello cherries or raisins directly in the cake.

Pour the baking sheet in the oven with the cake pan over the water.Backblech im Ofen mit Kuchenform beim Wasser eingießen.

6. More Ideas for Baking

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