I didn’t expect that I will have a food post so soon but I really got in the mood for baking the past 2 weeks. The insane queues forming in Sydney city for Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese style cheesecakes gave me a terrible craving and that was my main motivation to give this recipe from Rasa Malaysia a go. Joining long queues should be in my Singaporean DNA but no way am I standing out in the cold winter for an hour, for a cheesecake that will be demolished in minutes!
Once again there were a few points that I would love to have known beforehand before attempting this recipe! In fact, I was only successful in my second attempt at the recipe. Being too excited to get cheesecake in my tummy and recent luck with recipes, I jumped right into making it without cross-referencing a few online recipes which is my usual M.O.
My first attempt still tasted good but the texture was all wrong. The cake rose and deflated in the centre, creating a very dense structure instead of a light and cottony texture. However, I had a pretty good idea what went wrong – oven temperature control. After placing my first cake in the oven, I realised how little detail the recipe went into the actual baking of the cake and that put a whole list of questions and doubts that led to a frantic internet search.
I found a post from ieat ishoot ipost that superbly explained how each component of the cake affects the final product. So TLDR, let me just plop down a list of additional information that the Rasa Malaysia recipe could have included.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius but turn it down to 160 degree celsius once the cake is in the oven
- Use both top and bottom heating in the oven
- The water bath should be filled with ‘cool’ water from the tap
- Place a piece of cloth in the middle of the water which your cake pan can ‘sit’ on (this serves 2 purposes: ensuring that the water bath reaches the bottom of the pan and not just the sides + prevents the baking tin from moving about the water bath)
- If the top of your cake cracks 45mins and beyond into baking time, turn the oven off and let the residual heat of the oven finish baking the cake