Japanese cheesecake

    1 hour 20 min

    A deliciously different, light cheesecake that has a similar texture to souffle. It also has very little sugar so you've no reason not to try it!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 85g cream cheese
    • 60ml milk
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 tablespoons sugar, divided
    • 2 egg whites
    • 1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornflour

    Prep:35min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line the bottom of a 23cm round cake tin with parchment.
    2. Warm the cream cheese and milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cream cheese is melted. Remove from the heat and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and half of the sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the yolks. Sift in the flour and cornflour, and stir until blended.
    4. In a separate bowl, using clean beaters, whip egg whites with cream of tartar until they can hold a soft peak. Gradually sprinkle in the remaining sugar and continue whipping to stiff peaks. Fold egg whites into the cream cheese mixture. Pour into the prepared cake tin. Place the tin on a swiss roll tin.
    5. Place the tin with the cheesecake into the oven, and pour water into the swiss roll tin until it is half way full. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the heat to 150 degrees C / Gas 2. Continue to bake for 15 more minutes. Let the cake cool before removing from the pan.
    6. Run a knife around the outer edge of the cake tin, and invert onto a plate to remove the cake. Peel off the parchment and turn out onto a serving plate so the top of the cake is on top again.

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    FIRST TRY -- I mistakenly used Neufchatel instead of cream cheese. It turned out quite interesting...very smooth with a consistency denser than pumpkin pie but not really gelatin-like either. Not horrible but obviously not the way it was suppose to turn out. -- SECOND TRY -- I used fat free cream cheese and added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. It turned out alright - a little dense but I did change the recipe. It was somewhat like a sponge cake but not quite as fluffy. -- THIRD TRY -- Third time's a charm! I used fat-free cream cheese along with fat free skim milk. Although it looked dense, it turned out soft. It was flufflier this time probably because I did a better job of combining the ingredients (making sure the yolks and sugar were light and fluffy, etc.). I didn't have parchment paper so I just used PAM and I had no problem with it sticking. With the fat-free ingredients, each serving has barely any fat and less than 100 calories!  -  06 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was my first time baking a cheesecake. I like this recipe because it doesn't use as much cream cheese, which makes this a light cheesecake. I halved the recipe to make a small cheesecake and added a tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. It turned out wonderfully! Just like the japanese cheesecakes from asian bakeries. Light like a spongecake (as i think it should be), yet still delicious and easy to make.  -  06 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I live in Japan and patisseries make a whole amount of ` Japanese cheesecakes ` which I take pale in great comparison to the regular New York style cheesecakes you find at home. Although the Japanese patisseries make a whole bunch of delectable cakes that look amazing, they never seem to make the cheesecakes ` correctly `. Hence, I would have to give this recipe a low rating bc it is more of like a sponge - egg cake, that always sinks. If anyone wants a light dessert, a good custard will do rather than this mushy - spongey type of cheesecake.  -  12 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)