Learn how to make cheesecake that's sure to receive rave reviews. Best-selling cookbook author, blogger and instructor Zoë François is your guide as you explore all the elements that will allow you to create your own show-stopping cheesecakes. First, master the perfect crust, from classic cookie to brown sugar pastry and even a crème caramel variation. Then, whip up a bevy of fillings, including vanilla custard, peanut butter and chèvre-honey. Want your cakes to look as impressive as they taste? Up next, Zoë shows you how to create dramatic cherry swirls, vanilla-Nutella stripes and a bombe of irresistible chocolate filling. Learn simple techniques for baking your cakes in a water bath or baking them in dry heat. And, finish every cheesecake with just the right topping, from irresistible fruit to chocolate ganache and even a crowd-pleasing meringue.
Zoë François is a best-selling author, renowned blogger and seasoned baking instructor. She is the co-author of several bread cookbooks, including "The NEW Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" and "Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day," and a frequent contributor to the Cooking Channel, Fine Cooking and Disney. She also runs the successful blog Zoë Bakes.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Begin by creating your base element: crust. Whip up a classic crushed graham cracker, butter and sugar recipe first. Then, create a brown sugar pastry crust, a creme caramel style "crust" in a ramekin and even a gluten-free option.
Dive into creating your most decadent cheesecake fillings yet. Learn the secrets to classic vanilla custard, a peanut butter filling and even a chèvre-honey cheesecake that's sure to be the talk of the next party you attend.
Learn the secrets to dramatic dimensional fillings, from a swirled cheesecake with red cherry flavored kirsch to a striped vanilla-Nutella cheesecake. Then create a fruit-studded filling packed with blackberries and bourbon. Finally, master the bombe: an impressive (and delicious) cannonball of chocolate filling.
Discover the ease of baking in a water bath, an insurance policy for satiny-smooth texture. Then, bake in dry heat for a cheesecake that resembles a soufflé. Plus, learn how to select just the right pan, because cheesecakes can be much more than simple rounds.
Find out how to finish your cheesecake in style. Whip up a go-to sour cream topping, a poured ganache variation and even a fruit sauce that's cooked to just the right consistency. And, dust off your piping skills for a beautiful cream-cheese icing finish.
Wow your guests with a dramatic finish. Whip up meringue as a sweet topping for cheesecakes with a slightly sour note. Then, make a caramel topping and become a chocolate shaving pro for cakes that are as sophisticated as they are delicious.