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Like Junior's Cheesecake

This is a cheesecake I call Like Junior’s Cheesecake because it's not identical, but it's creamy and smooth and has a sponge cake crust. Feel free to skip the cake crust and just use graham crackers mixed with butter and sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16
Author Cookie Madness

Ingredients

Sponge

  • 1/3 cup sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 extra-large or jumbo eggs about 130 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops lemon extract or use 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease bottom and sides of a 9 inch springform pan and prepare it for a water bath by wrapping in foil and bringing it up past the sides. If you’ve never done this, take a look at a tutorial on You Tube. I always use too much foil because I'm paranoid about water seeping in.
  • Make the sponge. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside.
  • In a clean bowl, using clean dry beaters (I used a handheld mixer), beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together on high until frothy. Gradually add all but about 2 tablespoons of the sugar, then set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the yolks on high for about 3 minutes. With the mixer still running, gradually add what remains of the 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more. Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
  • Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir it in with a heavy duty scraper. Add the butter and stir until blended.
  • Stir about 1/3 cup of the beaten whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Gently spread the batter across the bottom of the pan, then bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
  • Leave the cake in the pan and proceed with the filling.
  • Filling: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium, scraping bottom and sides of bowl often, until creamy.
  • Beat in remaining packs of cream cheese, one at a time, then increase the mixer speed to high and beat in remaining sugar and vanilla, scraping sides and bottom of bowl to ensure mixture is smooth.
  • Add each egg, one at a time, stirring or beating at the lowest speed until incorporated. The goal is not to beat a lot of extra air in with the eggs.
  • Pour the cream into the batter and stir on low (or by hand if you prefer) until smooth and creamy. Pour over crust. Run a scraper through the batter, smoothing top. At this point, I like to drop the cheesecake 5 inches onto the counter to bring air bubbles to the top.
  • Set the foil-lined springform pan in a roasting pan and pour hot water around it so that it comes an inch up the sides. Put the springform pan and water bath in the oven and bake for 1 ¼ hours or until the top is lightly browned (level of browning will vary with different ovens – mine was just brown in spots).
  • The cheesecake will look set and might be quite puffed up. It should settle as it cools.
  • Let cool at room temperature for about 2 hours, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 6 hours or overnight.Remove the sides.