It is believed that the first cheesecake ever was created on the Greek Island of Samos. I don’t know about you, but I am sure glad that someone had the brilliance to think up such a magnificent dish! And while preparing cheesecake can be an act of art itself, it is certainly worth the time and effort that it takes to craft this delicious delicacy. One question comes up often is this. How long to bake a cheesecake at 325 degrees in the oven? Let’s find out the answer in this post.
The short answer is that you need to bake your cheesecake in a water bath at 325 degrees in the oven for about 70 minutes. But you still have to leave the cheese cake to rest in the oven for 1 more hour with the heat turned off. This step is avoid the cheese cake from being affected by any drastic temperature gradient.
There are many great cheesecake recipes available to follow. The general steps of preparing a cheesecake in the oven include preparing your crust, making your filling, baking your cheesecake in a water bath at 325 degrees for about 70 minutes, continuing to leave your cheesecake in the oven after it has been cooked for about an hour (without the heat on), refrigerating your cheesecake for at least eight hours, and then finally bringing your cheesecake to room temperature before delivery to your taste buds.
This is the recipe for making cheesecake that I love to use.
I’ve always thought that a crust really makes or breaks any dish. For best results, consider making your own graham cracker crust from scratch. It’s fairly simple to do and yields amazing results.
Next, you’ll want to prepare your filling. Keep in mind that there are many different flavors of cheesecake including the classic New York style cheesecake, key lime cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter cheesecake, and raspberry cheesecake, just to name a few. Determining your preferred style and flavor of cheesecake will be entirely up to you and a quick Google search should yield many great recipes to choose from.
A tip to ensure your cheesecake batter comes out perfectly is to make sure that all of the ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. Once you have your perfect filling prepared, you'll want to place them in a springform pan.
In order to create your water bath, you will need to fill a roasting pan about half way full of hot water for your spring pan to sit in while baking in the oven. For even better results, make sure that you first wrap your spring pan in foil around the outer edges.
At this point in the process, you will want to bake your cheesecake for about 70 minutes at 325 degrees in the oven. Once your cheesecake is finished baking, you will want to turn off the heat, slightly crack the oven door open, and allow your cheesecake to sit in the oven for about another hour before taking it out. Cheesecakes do not do well with drastic temperature changes and therefore this step is crucial if you want to ensure the perfect cheesecake.
From here, you will want to allow your cheesecake to cool for at least eight hours in the fridge and then allow it to come back up to room temperature before serving.
All in all, your cheesecake making process may take about 12+ hours. And while that may seem like a lot of time, it is worth it when you think about the delicious morsels of perfection that will be entering your palate.
However, if you do find yourself strapped for time and in need of a cheesecake on a tighter time allotment, you might also consider trying a no-bake cheesecake. As the title suggests, you can cut out the step of baking altogether and save yourself some time. You can find these recipes through a quick internet search. The total time for this type of cheesecake is about 8 hours, with only 20 minutes of prep time. The downside of making this style of cheesecake is that it may come out with more of a mousse-like texture as opposed to your classic cheesecake expectations. However, that is not to say it is not equally as delicious.
Another alternative to consider would be an instant pot cheesecake. If you are lucky enough to have one of these handy kitchen gadgets around, you can expect to make a delicious and classically flavored and textured cheesecake in about 10 minutes of prep time and 6 hours total time for the cheese cake to be ready before you can take your first delectable bite.
No matter which cheesecake preparation style you choose, it will surely turn out great if you follow some of the tips and tricks listed above. And while there are many different great recipes out there for baking your perfect cheesecake today, it is a pretty good rule of thumb to assert that baking a cheesecake at 325 degrees for about 70 minutes is your recipe to success!