Why are my cheesecakes splitting in the middle while baking?
Joyce from Sunset, Texas
If you over mix the cheesecake mixture the top will split.
If you bake the cheese cake over a 9x13 pan of water in the oven and then when it is done baking loosen the sides and let it cool in your oven, it wont split in the middle.
Try putting the cake pan in a water bath while cooking it. Be sure to line your pan on the outside with foil first.
Contrary to popular belief cheesecakes are not suppose to split. There are several reasons that cause cheesecakes to split.
2. over baking
3. not enough moisture in the oven.
4. cheesecake sticking to the side of the pan during the baking process or during cooling.
Over mixing and over cooking is the most likely cause of the cracking
Cheesecakes have an enormous amount of moisture in them and if they are baked too quickly or at too high a temperature they will crack as the cake begins to set and the moisture is still trying to escape. Baking in a water bath is the best way to bake them. You will get a perfectly flat, uncracked cake with no browned edges. Wrap your pan in three layers of heavy duty foil. After filling, place it in a large roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with boiling water.
The best cheesecakes by professionals are not supposed to crack and split. In my opinion, I'd rather have one that does crack and split (just to know that the filling is baked all the way through). Just add a sour cream, sugar and vanilla flavoring topping, spread it on and bake an additional 10 minutes after the baked cheesecake has been left on the countertop to cool off for half an hour. No one will see the cracks and splits, you'll have a nice flavorful topping and the benefit of knowing that the filling is thoroughly cooked.
You may be letting it cook a bit too long as well.
I think they're supposed to split.
In this video from CBS, The Early Show, Tori Ritchie tells why cheese cakes crack (this page also has recipes). I hope this helps. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007 ... ng/williams_sonoma/main3074206.shtml
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