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Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook: 50 To-Die-For Recipes of New York-Style Cheesecake Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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The book is a heavy ode to that lovely brick of cheese that can make the pickiest tastebud take notice. The physical layout of the book itself reminds you of the old soda parlors with it glossy cover of bright white and dairy-red color, then it draws you into it's pages with sharp, clear photography. One of the pleasant surprises contained are the sidebars of hints and suggestions for making these cakes the finest in texture and flavor. They begin with the essentials of cheesecake baking with every detail covered to ensure your success from the right type of cream cheese needed to the pans to bake them in, to water baths to ensure their creaminess. Then they begin with the fabulous recipes. The writing is straight and simple for the home baker, yet professional enough for an accomplished baker. And by the way, realize that these are not for the dieting, health-conscious, low-fat eater; more for those who wisely have a pair of elastic waist pants.
Junior's is a family restaurant in Brooklyn, New York that opened in the 1950's, though it acutally got started several decades earlier, under another form of restaurant, by Grandpa Henry Rosen around 1929. It was in the 50's, that the official Junior's was christened.Read more ›
The recipe was a little labor-intensive because I had to make equipment changes in midstream. My old Mixmaster has flat bowls and the beaters don't touch the bottom so creaming egg yolks in the large bowl was impossible. I grabbed my hand mixer and the problem was solved. I would recommend that you read through the recipes beforehand and do as much prep as you can beforehand. That will greatly streamline the process.
I can say without hesitation that this was the best cheesecake that I have ever made...or eaten for that matter! Based on this one experience, I would highly recommend this book as a welcome addition to your kitchen or as a gift to someone whom you really like. You or they will not be disappointed!
I had never baked a cheesecake before, but the first one I made from this book was very, very good (don't let the water bath scare you -- it's really easy). It wasn't, however, quite as smooth as I remembered the "real" one being, so I went back and checked all the book's myriad tips -- read the "Cheesecake 101" chapter thoroughly before you start -- and my second cake was much better, and my third and subsequent ones have been even better than the one Junior's shipped me (mmmm, fresh and homemade). The white chocolate raspberry swirl cheesecake has quickly become the most requested cake in my repertoire, beating out Julia Child's Reine de Saba.
The book's photos and variety are lovely, its instructions and tips are terrific, its organization is good, and it even includes a great "If Your Cheesecake Is Not Perfect" troubleshooting table. It also gives instructions and tips for suggested extras, from melting chocolate in the microwave to making cinnamon crumb topping to cutting strawberry flowers. I wish there were photos of every single cake, instead of just most of them, but as the recipes themselves merit at least a dozen stars this book still gets a top rating.
I have some additional tips that aren't in the book.
* Removing the cheesecake from the springform bottom: The only bad advice the book gives is to suggest serving the cake on the pan bottom, with a crazy freeze-and-heat-and-pry process if you want to try removing it.Read more ›
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Now to me Junior's is the best cheesecake! Maybe 'cause I was born and raised in NY? Nah....it still would be the best!Published 13 days ago by Terry Powers
The best cheesecake recipes I've ever used! They're a hit with all of the family!Published 1 month ago by Kayy W
Fabulous Cheesecake! Had the Carrot Cake Cheesecake at their location near Times Square back in 2006- delicious!!! Can't wait to try the recipe in the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nyawker
Never had a slice from Junior's, but someone had cakes delivered from Junior's before and said they were divine- best on the planet- and requested one for a holiday. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christy Jayne
Love Junior's original cheesecake recipe and have been making it for years so I had to try this new book. Can't wait to try some of the other recipes in the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by bird611
I bought this book after a trip to Brooklyn and a visit to Junior's Restaurant. I of course had a piece of cheesecake and was utterly floored by how incredible it tasted. Read morePublished 4 months ago by StsbCA
Every single recipe in this cookbook is outstanding. I particularly like the trouble shooting section at the beginning to help figure out why you might have cracks, sinking... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. Swanger