Before you get started making a Cheesecake, please read this article, Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake Tips & Guide, to learn to make Perfect Cheesecake.
This article on Perfect Pressure Cooker Cheesecake Tips will guide you though the steps, so that you can make Perfect Cheesecake in your Pressure Cooker.
All the completed Cheesecakes in this article, are Cheesecakes made by my wonderful readers. Their Cheesecakes are gorgeous! Many thanks to all those who submitted photos to be used in this article!
For the best Cheesecake, brand does matter. I have tested several store brands and there is a significance difference to using Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese. While your Cheesecake will still taste great with an off brand, the taste will be far superior using Philadelphia Brand.
The first thing you will need to do for a smooth and creamy texture, is to allow your cream cheese and eggs to get to room temperature. Beating a fat, such as cream cheese or butter until it’s soft, light and airy is called creaming.
If you add eggs right from the fridge to a creamed fat, it’ll cause the fat to re-solidify, making the batter look lumpy or curdled.
The eggs don’t need to be room temperature, but taking the chill off of them helps keep the fat from hardening again.
So, at least 30 minutes before you plan to assemble your cheesecake, remove the cream cheese and eggs from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature. If you live in a cooler climate, try putting your cream cheese and eggs into your oven, with the oven light on. Another warmer place in the house, is on top of your dryer.
Choose your Cheesecake Pan. My preference is the Fat Daddio’s Push Pan for several reasons. I like the smaller foot print, which means that I can put a larger pan into my Pressure Cooker. I also find it easier to clean than a Springform Pan because of the locking mechanism.
The only down side to a Push Pan, as I see it, is that the sides won’t come out as clean looking as they do using a Springform Pan. The pushing action in releasing the Cheesecake, will ‘smudge,’ for lack of a better word, the sides of the Cheesecake, as you can see in the first photo.
The smudging problem, however, is easily remedied. Placing Parchment Paper, not only on the bottom of the Pan, but lining the sides as well, will eliminate the smudge. I only do the side lining on my Japanese Cotton Cheesecake. For all my others, I just use Parchment Rounds for the bottom. It is up to you to decide your preference. 🙂
The advantage of a Springform Pan, is that you can easily unlatch the pan and the rim will come right off and leave a nicer side to the Cheesecake. I still suggest using use Parchment Rounds for this option. The latch bothers me. I wonder what is lurking inside the slide part, that I cannot see. I’m a clean fanatic, so I think about stuff like that.
The third option and it may be the best of both Worlds, is to use this new Instant Pot Springform Pan, which is new on the market. The base is made of glass, which is nice, as you won’t have to worry about scratching it on removal of the Cheesecake. The downside, in my opinion, is the price tag.
It is very important to generously grease the sides and bottom of your Cheesecake Pan. I also grease the Parchment Round. This will help in the removal of your Cheesecake. Many people leave their Cheesecake in the Cheesecake Pan overnight. If you don’t have parchment, don’t worry. It just might be a little more difficult to separate the cake from the bottom of the pan.
Press crumb mixture into pan using a Fox Run Tart Tamper or your fingers, forming a neat border around the edge and slightly up the sides. Place your pan into the freezer for at least 20 minutes, while preparing the filling.
Making the crust for a cheesecake is very simple. Crispy cookies, graham crackers, Ritz Crackers, all work well. You can buy cookie crumbs, but it is just as easy to crush them yourself.
I use my 11 Cup Food Processor to crush my cookies. Crusts usually just consist of cookies, sugar and butter. Some recipes will use nuts, spices and extracts. Make sure to add your dry ingredients first and process until you have crumbs. Then add the melted butter and any extracts called for in your recipe.
If you don’t have a Food Processor, take a large baggie and put the cookie crumbs inside and seal the baggie. Then use a rolling pin, heavy spoon or other hard object and crush the cookies.
This part is very, very important.
Press the crust/crumb mixture into your prepared Cheesecake Pan using a Fox Run Tart Tamper, the back of a measuring cup or your fingers. Try to form a neat border around the edge and only press slightly up the sides. The crust will seal the bottom of your Cheesecake Pan and the filling will not seep through. Please don’t wrap the bottom of your Cheesecake Pan
Do not press the crumbs too high on the sides. If the crust is exposed, the water from the Pressure Cooker will seep into the crumbs and cause a gummy crust. In addition, it will cause excess moisture/condensation to form in the filling itself.
At this point, you can either bake the crust in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, or, you can simply put the Cheesecake Pan with the crust into the freezer, while preparing the filling. Some people feel they get a crispier crust using the oven, but it really is not that much of a difference.
The wet environment in the Pressure Cooker won’t actually keep the crust super crisp. Plus, if you want to do a “Pressure Cooker Cheesecake,” why also use the oven? If you are going to turn on your oven, you might as well use it for the whole shebang. If you prepare your Cheesecake properly, there is no reason not to have a crisp crust.
Beating a fat, such as cream cheese or butter until it’s soft, light and airy is called creaming.
Most of the ingredients are added and then “creamed” just until the batter is smooth. The more you mix the filling, the lighter and airier it becomes. Flour is used to help hold the Cheesecake together and is also used to make a denser Cheesecake. Also, not over mixing the filling, will help make your Cheesecake more dense. Just mix the filling enough so that it is smooth. Don’t continue to mix, just for the sake of mixing
To address lumps in your Cheesecake Filling – If you add eggs right from the refrigerator to a creamed fat, it will cause the fat to re-solidify, making the batter look lumpy or curdled. So, taking the chill off of the eggs will keep the fat from hardening again. Just take out your eggs at the same time as you do your cream cheese.
Make sure not to overmix the filling after you have added the eggs.
Once you are ready to add your eggs, add just one egg at a time. If using a Food Processor, just use the pulse button for one to two seconds after each egg added. If using an Electric Hand Mixer, push the button on and off and on again, until the egg is partially mixed into the filling. If mixing my hand, just mix until the egg is almost blended.
It is okay if you see some of the yellow yolk. Take a spatula and gently fold it into the filling.
Over mixing the eggs, will cause the cheesecake to become very airy and will puff up like a soufflé while cooking. It can also resemble scrambled eggs.
You can see in the above photo, that there is no crust showing. This is what you want. Hold the pan with both hands and jiggle it a bit to help release any excess trapped air bubbles. You can also tap on the sides of the Cheesecake Pan to help release air bubbles.
If you still have a few little bubbles on the surface, use a toothpick or a fork and run it through the bubble to release the air.
I like to cover my cake pan with a paper towel and with a piece of foil, to eliminate water from landing on the cheesecake. The foil is there, just to make sure the paper towel does not fall into the cake, or blow off. The foil should be on loose and not secured all the way around.
If any moisture does end up getting on the cake, just dab it off with a paper towel.
Never, ever, ever, never ever, preheat your Pressure Cooker, when making any cheesecake, or when making any of my recipes! All my recipes take into account, the time the Pressure Cooker takes to come to pressure.
It is cheap to make and you will find yourself using it all your Pot in Pot cooking. If you don’t want to make this Homemade Sling, you might prefer this Silicone Sling/ Vegetable Steamer which is a nice product.
The Grafiti Bands Cross Style make it so easy to get pans and bowls in and out of the Pressure Cooker. They will hold the paper towel in place nicely. You can put the paper towel and foil over the bands, so slip it underneath, if you are careful.
I really like this Trivet Set, as the two different heights are perfect and serve many uses. The shorter Trivet is used for making my very popular New York Cheesecake, Hard Boiled Eggs, “Baking Cakes,” etc. The taller Trivet is perfect for making your entrée, a Pot in Pot meal, using my Pressure Cooker Perfectly Cooked Pot in Pot Rice recipe. Potatoes, carrots and other items, fit nicely in your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
You can see that the foil and paper towel are not tightly secured on to the Cheesecake Pan. This is good!
It is a good idea to keep one Silicone Gasket that you only use for desserts. I have several Silicone Gasket and use one for strong flavors, one for mild flavors that don’t linger and then one for desserts. So, if you have an extra Silicone Gasket, make sure you remember to use it when making Cheesecake.
Make sure your Silicone Gasket is probably situated inside the lid of your Pressure Cooker. Always check to make sure your Pressure Valve is Closed. If it is not Closed, all the water in your Pressure Cooker cooking pot will escape and your Cheesecake will not fully cook.
Allow the Cheesecake a minimum of 15 minutes Natural Pressure Release. This means, do nothing. When you hear the Beep of the Pressure Cooker, do nothing. After 15-20 minutes, all pressure should be released. Turn the Pressure Valve, to release any remaining pressure and then open the Lid.
You can see that the Cheesecake is the same height as when we first put it into the Pressure Cooker. Cheesecakes don’t rise and fall, like a regular cake. If yours does, that is because the eggs are over worked, which will cause the rise, cracking, brown areas and then the cheesecake will fall.
A cheesecake is done before the center of it is set. It will be a bit jiggly in the center (only about an inch) and the sides will be slightly higher. Jiggly means that there is some movement in the top center of the cake. It does not mean that there is liquid in the middle. There should be NO liquid at all. Don’t feel the urge to cook longer or else the top will crack.
Tilt the cheesecake a bit and use a paper towel to remove any condensation/water that got trapped under the foil during cooking. ****** Also, notice that when tilted, nothing is running out of the center and there is no sluffing of the cake whatsoever. This is a perfect jiggle.
However, if your Cheesecake has more than an inch of movement in the center, put the cheesecake back into the Pressure Cooker for and cook for 5 more minutes ,or more as needed. Under no circumstances should you end up with the final, chilled product, having a liquid center. All you have to do is cook it longer! If you see any liquid in the center, cook your Cheesecake for 3 more minutes. Make sure to do another 15 minute Natural Pressure Release.
The heat that is trapped inside will continue to cook the center while the cheesecake cools on the counter. You must leave your Cheesecake on the counter or inside the Pressure Cooker for at least one hour.
Don’t rush this process by putting your Cheesecake in the refrigerator or in cooler conditions. A Cheesecake needs to cool down slowly, to make sure that the middle continues to cook and set up properly.
If your Cheesecake calls for a Sour Cream Layer, here are some helpful tips to get a glass like top.
Whisk together Sour Cream and sugar. This is the Completer Layer. It is not a topping. Please don’t skip the Sour Cream Completer Layer, even if you plan to add a topping. This Completer Layer will melt into this Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake and will become one with the cake. It will add an additional layer of really yummy flavor!
Alternatively, instead of Sour Cream, you can use Homemade Greek Yogurt mixed with sugar, instead of the sour cream, if you happen to be a yogurt maker. You may need a touch more sugar though.
This is a challenge for you sour cream haters. I dare you to mix up the sour cream and sugar anyway, even if you hate sour cream. Take a small taste. Ah ha! I bet after pouring it top of your hot cheesecake, you are licking the bowl!
Pour the Sour Cream Layer onto the hot Cheesecake and spread it evenly over the whole cake. Look how nice and flat this Pressure Cooker New York Cheesecake has become in just five minutes. It is a perfect outcome.
So, after 15 minutes you will notice the Completer layer is melding with the cake and the Cheesecake is flat and glossy.
If you put the Cheesecake into the refrigerator to soon, the Cheesecake will be loose in the center. The hour or longer rest on the counter is allowing the Cheesecake to gently finish baking.
The Cheesecake will start to pull away from the Cheesecake Pan, which is good. The slow cooling method, first during Natural Pressure Release and then on the counter, allows the Cheesecake to pull away, without getting stuck to the sides and possibly cracking.
I usually remove my Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Pan after about an hour or two of being in the refrigerator. It is your choice. If you are nervous about doing this so soon, put the Cheesecake into the refrigerator as is and then when completely chilled, remove the Cheesecake from the Pan.
Leaving the Cheesecake in the Pan overnight is fine. If you have properly greased the sides of the pan, the Cheesecake should pull away. If the pan was not greased enough, the Cheesecake will stick and will cause cracking from the pulling the Cheesecake wants to do, during cooling.
If the Cheesecake is not pulling away, after refrigeration, you will notice that the butter/grease will harden and it may be more difficult to remove the Cheesecake from the pan. A thin silicone spatula or knife run around the edges of the Cheesecake will help. Frankly, I just use force and pull the sides of the pan from the Cheesecake. I’m not overly concerned about the sides.
You will see that the Sour Cream Layer, has melted into the Cheesecake and should be flat like glass.
Any jar that will fit into the opening of the Push Pan will work.
Remember – “Don’t rush this process by putting your Cheesecake in the refrigerator or in cooler conditions. A Cheesecake needs to cool down slowly, to make sure that the middle continues to cook and set up properly.”
A Cheesecake desperately needs at least 12 hours in the refrigerator, so please, please, make your Cheesecake the day before you need it and let it set up properly in the refrigerator overnight.
It will taste much, much, much, better. Really, I am not joking. Your Cheesecake will taste good on the same day, but will taste incredible the next day.
Using Parchment Rounds will allow you to easily life the Cheesecake off the Base. I use this LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner to remove the cheesecake to a plate. It’s super thin and fits easily between the Cheesecake and the base of the pan. The Parchment Round, peels right off the cake.
It is not a good idea to cut the cheesecake on top of the Push Pan base, as it will scratch and sticking will become a problem.
Use the lid as the base for the cheesecake (see New York Cheesecake recipe for photos) and the bowl as the cover!
The Containers are cheap enough not to worry about brining the Container home!
When you want a piece of Cheesecake, just remove a slice and in 30 minutes, you’ve got yummy Cheesecake!
Lock & Lock is BPA free and a high quality airtight container. I use Lock & Lock for all my pantry items too. You’ve probably noticed them in many of my recipe photos.
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