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What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

Last time I tried a mix of Mascarpone and Philadelphia and was very disappointed. (it's edible but not what I'd call a good cheesecake - one of our favourite desserts)
Is there something special I don't know about? Also, what's your favourite recipe? (if it happens to be somewhere on the internet)
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Old 23.11.2014, 22:10
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

I usually use Frischkäse and it always fits to my taste
The last time I made was a New York cheese cake though. I took the recipe from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOa3LyJAPn4
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Old 23.11.2014, 22:23
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

Curd cheese is good - but with all the fancy names that soft cheeses now have, then translation problems, I have no idea what you'd look for on the supermarket shelves.

Quark is a possibility, but I don't think it's exactly that - despite what Google Translate says.

I believe it also depends on whether it's a baked and cooled cheesecake or just refrigerator set.

EDIT: You could consider trying plain cottage cheese (Hutenkäse), but would have to probably squash it with a fork, to make it a bit finer/smoother.

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Old 23.11.2014, 22:31
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

For me- homemade fresh cheese. You can't beat that. But it depends on your taste also. People usually use Philadelphia and Mascarpone.
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Old 23.11.2014, 22:43
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

it depends what kind of cheesecake you want to make. i make an awesome ny cheesecake (it's in the blood ) and i use only cream cheese (philly) with heavy cream and sour cream (though sometimes i leave out the sour cream).

for me there is just no other way (quark, etc. just doesn't cut it imho) but again it depends on what you like. making one this week for thanksgiving-pumpkin cheesecake and it's delicious!
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

Thank you to all the posters above - you have given me new experimental ideas .

I have used equal parts mascapone, soft cheese (KIRI ones), sour cream and heavy cream to get super soft melt in your mouth style cheesecakes.

I am craving one now- off to the store first thing tomorrow morning.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

Just a tip on the cream cheese. Migros own "Budget" cream cheese (in the green tubs) is much better than Philly, and it's half the price.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

I second that Migro Budget cream cheese. If you want it nice and fluffy, beat it well with the sugar and egg. Really nice if you fold in frozen berries and a bit of sour cream too, before a gentle long bake.
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it depends what kind of cheesecake you want to make. i make an awesome ny cheesecake (it's in the blood ) and i use only cream cheese (philly) with heavy cream and sour cream (though sometimes i leave out the sour cream).

for me there is just no other way (quark, etc. just doesn't cut it imho) but again it depends on what you like. making one this week for thanksgiving-pumpkin cheesecake and it's delicious!

Mmmmmm pumpkin cheesecake!! I have some pumpkin in the freezer that I have to use up.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

I've learnt the bad way that the American cheesecake is not the same as the German cheesecake.

For the German version, I use Quark. I haven't had good results with the "low fat" quark, but the regular one (even the one from the budget line from Migros) does a good job.

An example for the Käsekuchen.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

In the US, we made cheesecake (one that you bake and cool) with "pot cheese" or dry cottage cheese, sometimes "farmer's cheese". I think it's most like a crumbly, drier quark, definitely full or 3/4 fat.
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i make an awesome ny cheesecake (it's in the blood )
I wish I could say the same thing about me.... anyway, I'll try different versions of cheesecake till I'm happy with the result. They won't stay uneaten because apparently my OH thinks it is his duty to eat whatever I cook or bake, even when I vehemently protest because I'm seriously concerned with his well being.

So many suggestions and tips here, thank you guys.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

I use just Philadelphia and follow Jamie Oliver's Raspberry cheesecake recipe - it's delicious
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

I made a pumpkin pie cheesecake with philly cream cheese only - it came out really good!
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

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I made a pumpkin pie cheesecake with philly cream cheese only - it came out really good!
Tasted raspberry cheesecake so far (yummy)but never pumpkin cheesecake, it must be an interesting combination.
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In the US, we made cheesecake (one that you bake and cool) with "pot cheese" or dry cottage cheese, sometimes "farmer's cheese". I think it's most like a crumbly, drier quark, definitely full or 3/4 fat.
Same back home, but never saw this type of cheese here, only that cottage cheese that has a lot of whey and curds are too lose and it's not very good for the type of cheesecake I knew. So am willing to try my luck with other recipes.

And yes, Migros Budget Frischkäse it's actually better or at least no worse than Philly, I finally tried it.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

For classic New York Cheesecake, the filling is the easy part. The difficult part is the crust. It is normally with Graham flour, which I can't find here.

The more difficult question is what do you use for crust?
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

Philadelphia. It is the best. End of story.
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

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For classic New York Cheesecake, the filling is the easy part. The difficult part is the crust. It is normally with Graham flour, which I can't find here.

The more difficult question is what do you use for crust?
I made the 'Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pie' for Thanksgiving. I couldn't get Graham Crackers or even McVitie's Digestive Biscuits....so I bought some Peppakakar from IKEA - ie. ginger thin biscuits/cookies, which are sold at most supermarkets.

I put them in a plastic bag and crushed into crumbs with a rolling pin (enough to make 11/2 cups. I added a cup of sugar and stirred it all up in melted butter to make the base of the cheesecake (which was delicious btw!):

http://www.food.com/recipe/the-chees...e=null&st=true
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Re: What kind of cheese do you use for a really good cheesecake?

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I made the 'Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pie' for Thanksgiving. I couldn't get Graham Crackers or even McVitie's Digestive Biscuits....so I bought some Peppakakar from IKEA - ie. ginger thin biscuits/cookies, which are sold at most supermarkets.

I put them in a plastic bag and crushed into crumbs with a rolling pin (enough to make 11/2 cups. I added a cup of sugar and stirred it all up in melted butter to make the base of the cheesecake (which was delicious btw!):

http://www.food.com/recipe/the-chees...e=null&st=true
I use Vollkornbutterkekse as substitute for Graham Crackers. It works for me.
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