Cheesecake internal temp
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Because this is an egg product, when you get in to the area of undercooking, safety becomes an issue. Just as many food safety sources will tell you different temperatures to cook meat to make it safe, the same thing goes for eggs. I go by what the american egg board has to say:
Cooking eggs and egg-based products to 160 degrees is the magic number for killing salmonella instantly - 140 for 3.5 minutes will do the trick as well.
As an undercooking advocate, I'd say you want to shoot for somewhere between the minimum for safety (140 for 3.5 minutes) and the point where the proteins will coagulate - 160. That will give you the creamiest cake, I think. I've given a shot at 145, and, from a consistency perspective, I think it was a little too goey. They next time I think I'm going with 155. I think I'm a few cakes away from perfection (could be 150 or even 160) but once I get there, the cheesecake guessing game will be over.
Too much and it's over done. And don't forget that it continues to cook after you remove it from the oven. I've tried leaving it in the oven an additional hour after the oven is off, but found that it's more dried out that way. So now I just let it set on a rack for an hour or so on the counter before setting it in the fridge.
And never cover it like most recipes say. I always get condensation. I chill it uncovered overnight and then cover it.
When baking cheesecake I use a water bath to control the temperature.
I bake at 325 for 45- 50 minutes, turn off the oven and allow the cake to cool down.
I find the cake doesn't sink that way.
Also I jiggle the pan to watch how the cake is coming along.
It s a defining moment when the cake is ready to the point where it will finish in the oven as it cools.
156 degrees is the magic number you want. Times are really silly as the sizes of cheesecakes vary almost as much as the varieties thereof. Gooey and creamy cakes are nice but not when you need to slice them for a buffet or a party. Letting them cool in the water bath helps the shrinking/cracking problem.