Back in 2017 I made a Japanese Cheesecake following the directions from the Cooking with Dog YouTube channel. Sadly, it did not come out fluffy or jiggly and I have no photos of it. Now it is 2018, and I am ready to give it a second, and third, try! I used the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking this time around, and the results were interesting.
For those who do not know, a Japanese cheesecake is a bit like a soufflé. Where it is light and airy instead of what a New York style cheesecake would be. It is an interesting take on the dessert, and one I would recommend trying once. The overall cake is very basic and not overly decorated, like a lot of traditional cheesecakes are.
A lot of people say this is a very difficult recipe to follow, and it kind of is. My biggest issue was making sure I was using the right size cake tin to match the ingredient amount. The best way to judge it is from the amount of eggs it is calling for. The more eggs the larger the pan, the less eggs need the smaller the pan.
The next problem comes with the egg white mixture. While it is easy to whip up, there comes a part where you have to fold it into the cream cheese mixture. You need to be very careful not to break the foam while you are folding it, because if you do it can ruin it. So, you want to make sure you are carefully folding the mixture.
Finally, comes the baking part. You want to stage it and put it in a water bath to avoid cracking. This is actually a really good technique to be using on cheesecakes in general, but it is important for this cake. Since cracking is not a characteristic of this dessert.
Following Bigger Bold Baking directions, they had you start out at 400° Fahrenheit. Which I think is a bit too high to start out with. The end result has the top of the cheesecake browner than I would have liked.
I would probably start with a slightly lower 375° and work down from there. I however did like the idea of using a doily to decorate the top of the cake. Unfortunately, I did not have one, so I just sifted powder sugar on mine and called it good. You could also use fruit spread as well to give it some flavor.
Would I make it again? Probably, since it is something that surprises people when they see it. However, I would use the Cooking with Dog version.