- Hardcover: 170 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561588806
- ISBN-13: 978-1561588800
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Despite its popularity, cheesecake is one of the most intimidating desserts to make, due primarily to the ever-present threat of unsightly cracks appearing once the cake begins to cool. Here, Rosen and Allen dispel those fears by throwing open the kitchen doors to one of New York's cheesecake institutions. Cooks will learn to replicate Junior's previously secret recipe for classic New York-style cheesecake right down to the signature sponge cake crust and the knife to use "for professional slices." Once the basics are mastered, bakers can move on to Strawberry Swirl, Apple Caramel and Tiramisu variations, or take a crack at specialty shapes like an Easter egg or a cherry-topped heart. Though it's crucial to follow Rosen and Allen's instructions to the letter for a smooth, creamy and crack-free result, the final product is worth the effort, and the authors take great care to explain the hows and whys of each step in plain language (the three-pronged approach to avoid cracks? A water bath, low oven temperature and cornstarch in the cake batter). In addition, an in-depth troubleshooting guide addresses questions and concerns. This encouraging and educational book is pure gold for any aspiring cheesecake maker.
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About the Author
Alan Rosen, the grandson of Junior's founder, Harry Rosen, is the third generation co-owner (with his father and brother, Walter and Kevin Rosen) of Junior's restaurants in Brooklyn, Times Square, and Grand Central Station, and manager of its world-wide mail-order business and website, juniorscheesecake.com. Beth Allen is a recipe developer and cookbook author and co-authored "Welcome to Junior's!"
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Top Customer Reviews
We bought two of these recipe books, one for my daughter (16) and one for my niece (6). My daughter loves making cheesecake and this is the perfect book. Instructions are simple enough for my daughter to follow and the results have been great. There's a lot of 'secrets' in this book that provide for making really good cheesecake, beyond just providing simple measurements and bake times. I'm not an accomplished culinary mind or chef, but this book gives you the feeling that you can master the cheesecake!
Definitely recommended and I'd purchase it again.
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. This wonderful story of family, dedication, and hard work is just part of the threads of history that are woven into the story of Junior's in the first section. The book breaks down into:
THE STORY OF JUNIOR'S CHEESECAKE
JUNIOR'S CHEESECAKE 101 (how to make the 4 different types of angelic crusts, fillings, how to bake it, garnishes/topping, problem solving, preparing the pans, etc.)
Original New York Style Cheesecake (the absolute BEST, creamiest cake)
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake with Macaroon Crunch
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Cappuccino Cheesecake (caffeine addicts unite!)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake
Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake
CHEESECAKES WITH FRUIT:
White Chocolate & Raspberry Swirl (sweet but w/ a raspberry sharpness)
Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Junior's Cheesecake Tart (a very beautiful presentation)
Key Lime Mousse Cheesecake
Apple Caramel Cheesecake
Cherry Crumb Cheesecake
Peaches & Cream Cheesecake (chunks of peaches hidden within)
Cherry Heart Cheesecake
Creme de Menthe Cheesecake (very clean and refreshing flavor)
Banana Fudge Cheesecake
Stars and Stripes
Tiramisu Cheesecake (an excellent compromise for regular Tiramisu)
White Chocolate & Cranberry Holiday Cake
Pumpkin Mousse Cheesecake
Black Forest Cheesecake
WE LOVE CHEESECAKE (brace yourselves):
Triple Chocolate Cheesecake
Brownie Swirl (brownie crust; what a great idea!)
Chocolate Marble Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake (a heavenly cloud of airy chocolate!)
Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake
Chocolate, Caramel, & Walnut Cheesecake
Candy Bar Explosion
Heath bar Cheesecake
Rocky Road Cheesecake (ice cream's cousin)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake
LITTLE FELLA'S (this is a wonderful chapter on how to create mini-cheesecakes to help with appetite temptations, party size needs, etc):
Little Fella's (plain version)
Little Fella's Chocolate Swirls
Little Fella's Raspberry Swirls
Little Fella's Strawberry Swirls
Cappuccino Little Fella's
Peaches & Cream Little Fella's
Key Lime Little Fella's
Carrot Cake Little Fella's
SKYSCRAPER CHEESECAKES (these are cakes WITHIN cakes!):
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake
Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
German Chocolate Cheesecake
Lemon Coconut Cheesecake (get this: cheesecake, spongecake, lemon-filling, and flaked coconut; mercy!)
Devil's Food Cheesecake
Am I tripping over myself to describe this cookbook? You bet! And I really feel that you will too once you make just one of these yummy, creamy, heavenly decadent temptations.
If you're going to try making the "cupcake cheesecakes," spray the liners with Butter Crisco (or Pam or generic) before you put the batter in - you won't be sorry as the liner almost falls away from the cheesecakes!