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Old 08-07-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I've googled this and tried a pan of water on the rack under the cheesecake but that doesn't work. It usually doesn't crack until it comes out of the oven; I do run a knife around the edges as soon as it comes out, but it still cracks. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 08-07-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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I have always baked cheesecake in a water bath. Put the cheesecake pan inside a baking pan which has water in it.

This website has info about how to do a waterbath as well as info about cracking.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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As soon as done, turn off oven and leave cheesecake IN the oven without disturbance, for 30 min or so.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I've actually left the cheesecake in the oven (turned off, of course) overnight with the door cracked. That seems to help as well.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:27 AM
 
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As soon as done, turn off oven and leave cheesecake IN the oven without disturbance, for 30 min or so.
this is what I do and it works, find a recipe that asks you to do this....however, I open the oven door a crack by sticking a knife in the top of the door?
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: US
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Tips for Cheesecakes | DianasDesserts.com

Awesome slew of tips. I agree to let it cool in the oven and not to overwork the batter are biggies.
And if all that fails well thats what strawberry toppings are for!
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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Simply let it cool in the oven to avoid immediate contractions which makes it to crack.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Talking Now I'm thinking about cheesecake...

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I have always baked cheesecake in a water bath. Put the cheesecake pan inside a baking pan which has water in it.

This website has info about how to do a waterbath as well as info about cracking.
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As soon as done, turn off oven and leave cheesecake IN the oven without disturbance, for 30 min or so.

The info. above is exactly correct.

If you do have a cheesecake that cracks, you can always put some cherry pie filling or any pie filling on top of the cheesecake to hide the crack.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh--Home of the 6 time Super Bowl Champions!
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As others have said...a water bath is an absolute must when baking cheesecake. Make sure to place your springform pan on foil and bring the foil up around the edges to prevent water from seeping into your pan!
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Old 08-29-2011, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I have never used a water bath and never had a Cheesecake crack..
Of course if a recipe calls for one then you should.. Heres a couple of tips though.

Do not over mix your cake, stop mixing after each ingredient is barely incorporated..
Cool the cake very slowly, start cooling in the oven with the door cracked, then on a rack, then in the chillbox..
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