If you want a cheesecake that is light and creamy with just the right level of indulgence, try this condensed milk cheesecake and be delighted by its soft and delicate texture.
Every now and then I would crave for a nice, rich, New-York style cheesecake and delight in its super creamy and dense texture. Those are occasional bouts of craving when I can actually gobble up a slice of two of those rich cheesecake and still have room for more.
Often times though, I only need to have a light, cream cheese based dessert that I can eat after a nice meal without being too over indulged. This condensed milk cheesecake is that kind of dessert to me. It is a light cheesecake that is a little bit spongy, super soft and has just the perfect note of cream cheese in it.
Basically a Japanese cotton cheesecake, this recipe has condensed milk that provides a subtle hint of sweetness to the cake. The sweetness of condensed milk perfectly complements the tang of cream cheese. Honestly, if I can eat two slices or more of the traditional , western cheesecake on a very hungry day, I can eat half of this cake on a normal day. Not that I encourage you to do that, but I am just saying that because that is just a perfect way to describe how light and addictive this cake is.
To make this cake, you will need an 8 inch spring-form pan that is greased and then lined with parchment paper. The key ingredient which is the cream cheese needs to be melted/softened in a double boiler set up. To do that, simply fill a pot with about 2-3 inches of water, bring that to simmer and then set a heat proof glass bowl that will fit snugly over the pot. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and let it soften, stirring occasionally until it is smooth.
You are also going to bake the cake in a water bath set up. Fill a large rimmed baking sheet with water that is about two inches deep. You are going to place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and set the cake pan filled with the cake batter in the center. This cake bakes at 350 F for 3o minutes then at 265 F for the next 60 minutes. Once the top turns golden, cover it with a piece of aluminum foil to avoid the top from getting too brown.
This cheesecake is not too overwhelming and you can serve it to anyone in your life who is willing to eat dessert. It may not look as fancy without all the frosting and filling but it will definitely hit the sweet spot of almost everyone, even the non-cake loving ones.
So, I hope you try this out. I can guarantee you it will not last long. I repeat, light, cotton soft, delicate and creamy, this cake is like heaven slowly melting after every bite.
Definitely a must try!
Condensed Milk Cheesecake
A light and cotton soft cheesecake that is appropriately indulgent without being too rich.
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 egg
- 50 grams sweetened condensed milk
- 150 grams cream cheese
- 32 grams all purpose flour sifted, (1/4 cup)
- 30 ml canola oil
- 3 egg whites
- 5 ml lemon juice (1 tsp)
- 45 grams sugar
- powdered sugar for sprinkling on top of cake
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and line an 8 inch spring form pan. Combine egg yolks, 1 egg and condensed milk in a bowl and stir together until smooth. Melt cream cheese in a double boiler on medium heat (add it in a heat proof glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water). Once soft, stir cream cheese until it is smooth.
Heat the cooking oil on the stove. Once heated, drizzle it over the flour and stir until the mixture is like paste. Combine the yolk mixture, the cream cheese and the flour mixture and stir together until smooth.
In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the lemon juice and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar until egg whites reach the stiff peaks stage.
Fold 1/3 of the egg whites to the yolk batter and stir until combined. Gently fold the remaining egg whites until mixture is uniform in color. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Lightly tap it against the counter to release air pockets. Bake at 350 F in a water bath for 30 minutes. Lower temperature to 265 F and bake for 1 hour. Once the top turns golden, cover it with foil to avoid over browning. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes or so. Transfer it to a serving plate and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
To make a water bath set up for baking, fill a large rimmed baking pan with about one and a half to two inches water. Position the cake pan ( filled with the cake batter) in the center.
Recipe from You.co.za Condensed Milk Cheesecake