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My mom has been bugging me to teach her how to make a Japanese cheesecake. But the problem is, I have never made one. So, when Delicious Martha suddenly posted a video tutorial titled “Cheesecake con tres ingredientes, la moda Japonais”, I was so happy! I love Delicious Martha blog not only for her food porn photography, but also for her lovely video recipe tutorials. All of her recipes on her blog are posted in Spanish, but her videos are great in demonstrating each step of the recipe that you wouldn’t even need to know Spanish in order to follow through (albeit, the ingredients are in English on the videos)!
This cheesecake is a Japanese-style cheesecake in which it is airy, soft and fluffy compared to the traditional American cheesecake. It is also not as rich which I think well-suits Asian taste buds and why my mom prefers eating this over the typical cheesecakes. This recipe is super simple in terms of ingredients. Only the white chocolate took me by surprise as I would’ve never thought of using it as one of the basis of the cheesecake. It adds a bit of a silky richness to the cake overall.
What I most like about this recipe is that even though it is simple, it places a lot of emphasis on techniques. What do I mean about that? I’m talking about the process of whipping egg yolks and egg whites separately and the melting of the chocolate.
For the egg whites, you really need to whip it until it is fluffy white and doubles in amount in order for your cheesecake to turn out with the same results. As for the chocolate, in the video, Marta melts the chocolate in the microwave in small intervals to prevent burning. However, my impatient self did not want to stand by the microwave, pressing 5-10 sec intervals and hoping the chocolate doesn’t burn. So I whipped out a pot of water and a bowl and created a double boiler (or “bain-marie” in French) to melt this chocolate. I find this technique easier and safer. The only caveat is that you just have to make sure you do not get any of the steam water to seep into the chocolate or else it’s ruined, but that’s very easily preventable with a wide high edged bowl!
If you do not have a mixer, this recipe is totally doable by hand! Trust me! You will just need to add extra elbow grease into it. When Dono and I took a cooking class in Florence, we made tiramisu by hand because that was our chef’s preferred method. Just imagine how much whipping went into that! All you need is a good sturdy balloon whisk and a tall mixing bowl and you’re good to go! I bought my whisk from the East Bay Restaurant Supply Store in Oakland, so I highly recommend you checking out your local restaurant supply store for a good, cheap sturdy one!
The end result of all that physical labor? A nice fluffy cheesecake that is as light as air! For the recipe, you definitely need to check out Delicious Martha’s video tutorial! However, if you need written procedures and cannot read Spanish, here’s some translations below:
100 grams Cream Cheese
100 grams White Chocolate, good quality
3 medium Eggs
Preheat oven to 340°F. Line a round 8-inch mold with parchment paper and coat with butter. Place aside.
Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl and melt either in microwave or in a double boiler.
In another bowl, separate the egg whites. Mix the egg whites until fluffy and set aside.
Beat the cream cheese to soften it a little in another bowl. When it is less firm, add the chocolate while beating to obtain a homogenous mixture.
While beating, add the egg yolks and mix until it is completely mixed in. With a spatula, fold in the egg whites until mixed in. Careful not to mix too much.
Scoop batter into the mold. Put aluminum around the outside of the mold and place it inside a larger container in which you will fill it with water, creating a water bath for it to cook in.
Place in oven and bake for 15 mins. After 15 mins, lower temperature to 320°F and bake for another 15 mins.
After time has past, turn oven off and leave it in for 15 mins. After 15 mins, remove from oven and leave it on a wire rack to cool completely.