Introduction: Habanaro NY/Philly Style Cheesecake
I may be bending the rules a little here, this isn't my cooking but my daughters, I just have more experience createing an instructable. The picture quality in no way reflects the quality of her cheesecakes which are to simply die for. There are many styles of cheesecake this is just her interpretation and the cheesecake is thick, dense and creamy
Step 1: Lets Go Shopping
This is NOT a cheap recipe and she seldom makes just one cheesecake, here's what she uses
for the crust:
One package of honey gram crackers
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tablespoons suger
for the cake:
4 packages of cream cheese ( allow to soften at room temperature or pop in the microwave for about a minute)
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/16 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3 teaspoons cornstarch
3 full eggs and 1 egg white
3 tablespoons habanaro hot sauce or to taste ( we should have used more or added a chopped fresh habanaro)
of course you should adjust for your own tastes, or substitute jalapeno or other hot sauce
Step 2: Make the Crust
crush or process your graham crackers, add the melted butter and sugar and mix well, press into the bottom of an ungreased spring form pan, cover the crust with a papertowel to absorb excess butter and refrigerate while you make the filling
Step 3: Intermediate Step
preheat your oven to 325f, fill a large oven proof pot or casserole dish with water, the gentle steam will help prevent the cheesecake from sticking to the pan and will catch any drips.
Step 4: Making the Good Stuff !
Using a good size bowl add your 4 packages of softened creamcheese, the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, eggs, sourcream and hotsauce, mix with a hand blender until creamy, if it looks to thin stick it in the fridge for a couple minutes. Pour the filling mix into your prepared springform pan and place inn the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is where understanding your own oven comes in play, some cook faster than others, at around an hour you can start checking the doneness by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean the cake is done, if not, allow to cook another 5-10 minutes. When it's done, remove from oven and allow to sit on a rack for 5 minutes and then remove the springring side from the pan, this will minimize any cracking of the cheesecake and allow more even cooling of the cheesecake.
Step 5: Enjoy !
Everyone who has tried this has enjoyed it, even those who don't usually enjoy spicey hot foods, the amount of dairy really allows the taste of the habanero come thru with only a little heat at the very end, if your like me and ENJOY the burn, you'll have to greatly adjust the amount of hot sauce UP or as my daughter and I discussed next time she'll add a couple of finely chopped fresh habanero peppers