How do you tell if a cheesecake is cooked?

You can tell if a cheesecake is done by checking the internal temperature with a quick-read thermometer. Stick the probe halfway into the cake—a baked cheesecake should read 150ºF.

What happens if you eat undercooked cheesecake?

An undercooked cheesecake easily becomes a runny cheesecake, which is difficult to serve and unpleasant to eat. When baking a cheesecake, it’s important to recognize an undercooked cheesecake from a well-baked cheesecake, and not overcooking is just as important.

Will an undercooked cheesecake set?

This is completely normal, and you just need to put the cheesecake in the refrigerator to allow it to finish setting. You need to cool the cheesecake down completely before you even try to remove it from the pan. It’s going to take hours for most cheesecakes to cool down and set.

What does underdone cheesecake look like?

With a clean hand, place your finger in the middle of the cheesecake and press gently. If it feels firm then it is cooked perfectly. If your finger sinks and there is a bit of batter residue left on your finger then your cheesecake is still too soft and you have an undercooked cheesecake.

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How jiggly should cheesecake be when done?

When you shake the pan and a 2 in (5.1 cm) area in the center jiggles slightly, the cheesecake is done. If there is a large, jiggly area, or if liquid breaks the surface or sloshes over the edges of the pan, the cheesecake is not finished cooking.

How long does it take for a cheesecake to cool completely?

Many recipes say to let the cheesecake sit in the turned-off oven with the door cracked for about an hour, then let it cool completely on the counter. It also needs to spend four hours, or ideally overnight, in the fridge before slicing and eating, to ensure the perfect velvety smooth texture.

How long should cheesecake cool before going in fridge?

The best thing to do instead is to let the cheesecake cool for about one to two hours before refrigerating it. This will help maintain the quality of the cake. However, cheesecake should not be left out for too long.

Is overcooked cheesecake still good?

Don’t overbake

Overbaked cheesecake will cause unattractive cracks and a dry, crumbly texture. Because cheesecake is a custard, it won’t be completely firm when done. The easiest way to make sure you don’t overbake it is to give it a little jiggle.

Should cheesecake be jiggly?

How jiggly should the cheesecake be? Well, it should wobble just slightly (you can see in our video). An underbaked cheesecake will ripple and jiggle noticeably. The key to a perfect cheesecake is a subtle wiggle—not a sloshy jiggle.

How do you know when a cheesecake is set in the fridge?

Try this: The cheesecake should be shiny and firm to the touch when set. You can move the cheesecake to the fridge for 30 minutes before slicing, but freezing any longer will make for a frozen cheesecake without the same delightfully creamy texture as the just-refrigerated version.

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Why is my cheesecake soft in the middle?

Overmixing. While cheesecake should be thoroughly mixed with a hand mixer, mixing it too much will result in a super soft cheesecake. To help your cheesecake keep its form, never mix longer than the recipe instructs and avoid tools like a blender or food processor, which can prevent it from setting.