Baking in a waterbath in a spinning Baxter....hmmmmmm.
I used to bake a lot of stuff in a Baxter (spinning convection oven), but I can't recall I did cheesecakes in it......I don't think I did. I also had "regular" convection ovens, and I'm pretty sure I used those for the cheesecake......it's all so fuzzy now. (It's been 10 years since that job...yikes.) However I do recall that sudden "jerk" that would happen upon the start of closing the oven door and the spin......I did creme brulees in there, and I had to make sure that the brulees were in at least a 2 inch deep hotel pan, and that the waterbath only went about a 1/4 inch up the sides of the cups.....otherwise the water would splash up over the tops of the brulee cups. It worked out ok actually.
So I imagine that if you bake your cheesecakes in a waterbath in a spinning convection oven, you would place your cheesecakes in a two inch deep hotel pan on a sheet pan, load the sheet pans into the oven, pour your water into the hotel pans, not more than a 1/4 to a half inch deep.
There would be initial "wave action" upon the beginning of the spin, but not enough to get into the cheesecake. The height of the hotel pan would be enough to stop the water from splashing down onto the cheesecakes below it........yes?
Ok.....shaloop.....I baked off my cheesecakes today!
I set my oven at 250. I was going to do 275, but my experience with that oven so far has been that it runs hot, so I figured to err on the side of lower temp. I placed my cheesecakes on a sheet pan in the oven, then poured my water into the sheet pan so the water came up about a 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Closed doors.....hoped for the best.
After an hour I checked them......they were looking great! All I had to do was watch my water level, as the oven evaporates the water pretty quickly. I refilled my sheet pans once during the bake. It took nearly two hours for them to bake, and they came out great! No discoloration, cracking or waves in the surface from the fan. Note: I did place the pans of cheesecakes on the lower two shelves, below the level of the fan, which is in the back of the oven, right in the center.
So....I had zero problem with it. I'm no longer scared. Hope you won't be either!:D