Recently, someone asked me, “Is cheesecake a pie or a cake?”. It was a valid question - one that I did not have an answer to. So, I looked into it. It turns out there is a lot of debate about this on the internet. But the most convincing argument I saw was that cheesecake is in fact, a tart. While it does have a crust and a filling like a pie, and is shaped and cut like a cake - it turns out a cheesecake is in fact, a tart. This is because of the crust. Tarts are made up with only a bottom crust and a filling while pies typically have a bottom and a top crust (or crumble) to go along with the filling. So, tart it is.
Now that we have that settled, let's talk about how you can make an EPIC cheesecake like this Double Layer Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake.
First of all, this cheesecake is absolutely perfect for any sort of fall gathering (cough like Thanksgiving cough). The appearance alone makes this guy a total show stopper. But once people start actually tasting it, they are going to be singing your praises for YEARS to come.
It all starts with the crust. I hate when cheesecakes have small flimsy or soggy crusts. It really ruins the whole thing for me. But this recipe guarantees you a nice thick crust with a little bit of fall magic added in there. Instead of a classic crust made of just graham crackers and butter, I added in a little cinnamon and brown sugar. It really makes a big difference.
Ok, now that we have the crust down, what else do we need to know about making a perfect cheesecake?
1. Make sure you cream cheese is a room temperature. This will eliminate any lumps and create a smooth and creamy finish.
2. Add the eggs in one at a time. This gives you a better chance of pulling a smooth cheesecake out of the oven rather than one that is cracked.
3. Use that water bath! This adds moisture to your oven and prevents any big cracks in your cheesecake.
4. Once the cheesecake is out of the oven, you must cover the top with foil and let it cool completely in the fridge.
I know cheesecake can be intimidating. But I have had so many first timers have success with this recipe! As long as you follow the instructions, you will be good to go. And if something happens where you do end up with a few cracks on top, you can just cover them up with a caramel drizzle! No one will ever know the difference!
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