Make a beautiful Maple Cheesecake to celebrate winter. Bring a bit of sweetness to the table with this beautiful dessert. It's gonna be awesome.
Total Time:1 hour 35 minutes
Yield:9-inch round cheesecake 1x
9 graham crackers or 14 digestive biscuits smashed into crumbs
3ounces (six tablespoons) butter, melted
2 drops maple extract (optional)
24ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2cup maple syrup plus more for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and pull out your nine-inch springform pan.
Stir together your crumbs, melted butter, and maple extract if you have it until the crumbs are moistened. Press this mixture evenly into the bottom of your springform pan and stash it in the fridge while you make your cheesecake batter.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch, and maple syrup until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until smooth after each one. Scrape down the side of your pan. Add in the lemon juice, and give it all one last mix.
Put a kettle of water on to boil. Remove your pan from the fridge and wrap the outside in plastic wrap followed by foil to keep out the water from the water bath you're about to create.
Pour your cheesecake batter over your crust. Place the pan inside a roasting pan. Open the oven and pull out the middle rack. Place the roasting pan on the rack and carefully pour the recently boiled water from your kettle into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the outside of your springform pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until your cheesecake is barely wobbly. Turn off the oven, open the door, and let your cheesecake cool in the oven for at least an hour. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and the roasting pan. Peal back the foil, and allow your cheesecake to cool on the counter until it comes to room temperature. Move your cheesecake to the fridge to chill for at least 8 hours.
When you're ready to serve, remove the collar from your springform pan and place your cheesecake onto a plate or pretty platter or cake stand. Generally pour maple syrup over the top to create a shallow layer. Slice and serve.