Two days ago, I made Ube Cheesecake and let me tell you, I'm not too fond of ube, but it was indeed delicious! :D I made a slight booboo while making this cheesecake. It may be because I was tired from exams, but I didn't align the sides of the springform pan with the graham cracker mixture, but instead, lined the bottom only. I don't know what I was thinking, haha! Anyways, this is a nice and dense cheesecake...it's particular best for those that actually enjoy the taste of cream cheese! It's definitely on the more dense side because it doesn't contain any sour cream or anything to make it "lighter." Anyways, I hope you enjoy this recipe adapted from Faye and I'll be MIA from the kitchen for awhile. It really does suck because I want to be baking since it's summer time but I'm taking a trip/study abroad in Korea during the summer and I don't really have access to a kitchen. But, I will definitely be updating with pictures of different foods I eat during my stay there. Good day & happy baking everyone! :D
2 cups graham crumbs
6 tbsp melted unsalted butter
4 cups softened cream cheese
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (the original calls for 1 cup)
3 extra large eggs (the original calls for 4)
2 tbsp ube flavoring
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Pulse the graham crumbs and melted butter in a food processor. Press into a springform pan evenly to the bottom and a little bit to the sides. Set aside.
3. Using a stand up mixer, cream softened cream cheese and sugar till smooth for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the eggs one at a time and continue beating.
5. Add the ube flavoring and vanilla extract and continue beating. Continue mixing till creamy and silky for about an additional 3 minutes.
6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for an hour.
7. Turn off the oven but leave the cake inside till the oven cools down. (I recommend placing a foil over the cake so it doesn't dry.)
8. Cool completely before chilling in the fridge before serving.
* Note: It helps if you bake your cake in a bain marie or water bath to avoid cracks. Just place the cheesecake in the middle of a baking sheet and pour boiled water around the edges.
Good day & happy baking everyone! :D