Bright.Bakes: The Original New York Cheesecake


Hurrah! My first Bright.Bakes post of the year is here and it was inspired by my recent trip to NYC. Craving a classic slice of action from my favourite city I decided to bake a proper New York cheesecake that’s made with cream cheese and not cooked in a bain-marie. I followed the recipe in Marc Grossman’s cookbook New York Cult Recipes (NYC fans – you need this book in your repertoire, trust me!) and it turned out looking exactly like it does in the book. Score! Fancy an indulgent slice of Brooklyn-in-a-mouthful this weekend? OK, here’s what you need to do:

Grease a 28cm spring-base cake tin and preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Combine the crushed biscuits, sugar and melted butter before compacting it into an even layer on the base of the cake tin. Bake for 15 minutes in the cover and then take it out before turning the oven up to 230°C (450°F/Gas 8).

Use an electric mixer or food processor to combine all the filling ingredients in the order they are listed, until smooth. Pour over the crust and bake for 10 minutes. Without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 100°C (200°F/Gas 1/2) and cook for a further 50 minutes. By this time the filling should still be a little wobbly in the middle. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake to cool inside for two hours. Afterwards, take it out of the oven to fully cool before refrigerating for at least four hours before serving.

Have you ever made a New York cheesecake? What’s your favourite New York-inspired sweet treat?

// Photography by Will Taylor | Recipe from New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman


  • Reply Susan February 21, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Now this is what I’m talking about! You did a great job as it’s tricky to cook a cheesecake this way.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

      @Susan – Thank you! It was quite a lengthy process but totally worth it.

  • Reply Bea February 21, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Perfect for this weekend’s dinner party, thanks!! Gonna have to get that book because NY is the best!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2014 at 8:09 am

      @Bea – Have a great dinner party and let me know what you think of the book!

  • Reply Inge @ simply fabulous chic February 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Wow, that looks amazing and delicious! Will, how did you know I’ve been thinking about cakes and all sorts of sweet things? 😉 I’ve been craving sweet & chocolates all day long this last week, and your post looks so yummy… Saving this recipe in my favourites!!!
    Hugs, Inge & the little baby boy in my belly 🙂 x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

      @Inge – It’s definitely one to try if you’re craving something sweet! 😉 x

  • Reply Anya February 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    It looks delish Will – we made the one from Nigella’s cookbook, and added some raspberry coulis – oh heavenly 🙂 happy weekend my friend. Ax

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

      @Anya – Ohhh that sounds delicious! No doubt it was totally indulgent if it was a Nigella recipe! 😉 x

  • Reply Katherines Corner February 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    divine, a delicious treat, please pass the milk. Hugs. P.S> I invite you to share this post at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up through Saturday)

  • Reply Bea February 22, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Will, thank you for this recipe!
    I love cheesecake!!
    And this one looks so delicious!!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

      @Bea – Thanks for stopping by! So pleased you liked this recipe!

  • Reply jorge February 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Yes I have! but the recipe I followed was way more the different from yours. Gonna try tough to make yours and see wichsis better. Great photos!

  • Reply Kristin February 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Looks so good. Now I am craving a really good cheese cake. By the way, I love the photos you took!

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily February 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Gorgeous! And of course yours turned out just like the book-you probably remember to put all the ingredients in 😉 This is Jon’s favourite, so I’ll bookmark it and make it for his 50th in June!Have you enough fabulous pics and recipes for your cook book yet lovely ?? xxx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      @Caroline – Ahhhh, that’s such a lovely idea! 50th will be a big celebration no doubt! Big hugs xxx

  • Reply 2moiselles February 24, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Looks delicious, thank you for sharing!! http://WWW.2MOISELLES.FR

  • Reply JO February 25, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    this looks yummy. I’ve never mad a NY style cheesecake but I do love my mum’s recipe for Pineapple cooked cheesecake, it is very mourish. I do love cheescake anyway and so perhaps I might give this one a whirl. Only problem is finding lots of friends to help me eat it, otherwise it’ll be me doing that all alone which would be tres bad
    Jo x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 25, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      @Jo – Yes, I always send my OH into his office with at least 2/3rds of it or I would eat it ALL!

  • Reply Teresa March 2, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Loved this post… its one of my favs from february…. thankyou for sharing
    ive now featured it on my blog… just need a day off to make the cheesecake!

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