Rich and Creamy Cheesecake
Why This Recipe Works
Our goal was to develop a basic cheesecake recipe whose texture could be altered with a simple ingredient change or baking method. While testing eggs, we learned that a good cheesecake needs a combination of both whites and yolks. We realized we needed both cream cheese (for texture) and sour cream (for flavor). To get a rich and creamy cheesecake recipe, we found that a water bath was necessary to protect the cake from the harsh, direct heat of the oven, which can cause it to overcook, crack, and sink.