These Japanese cheesecakes come out of the oven bouncy and jiggly—but don’t worry, you don’t have to run after them! The bakery Uncle Rikuro in Osaka, Japan, gets long lines of people, and you can see why. These golden-domed cheesecakes, branded with the shop’s logo, are so light and airy—likely due to the carefully folded in egg whites— they can’t help but jiggle.
However much you love cheesecake, you have not yet tasted the very best until you’ve had a bite of this delectable, jiggly, Japanese cheesecake. After baking, the cheesecakes have a lovely golden brown top, and the aroma, when first out of the oven, will make you want to try them right away.
The Japanese cheesecakes have a much lower sugar content than other cheesecakes, making them healthier. These cheesecakes are made using a traditional Japanese recipe as seen in the video.
Ingredients for six servings:
-Half kg of cream cheese
-1/2 cup whole milk
-1/2 cup sugar, separated
-3 eggs, separated
-1/2 cup cornstarch
-2 teaspoons lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
1. Beat cream cheese with milk, and add a quarter of the sugar.
2. Add 3 egg yolks, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Beat until a smooth batter forms.
3. Use another bowl to beat the egg whites until foamy. Gently add the cream of tartar and the remaining sugar to the egg whites until they form firm peaks. Fold the mixture into the cake batter, mixing well.
4. Sprinkle raisins, if using, around the bottom of the pan. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, and smooth the surface
5. Place the cake pan in a larger pan. Fill the larger pan with boiling water until it comes halfway up the cake pan.
6. Bake for 35 or 40 minutes. Test if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake, and if the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is baked.
Uncle Rikuro’s Japanese cheesecakes come branded to distinguish them from many other bakeries around the world. They come packaged in attractive wrappings that make it hard to resist sampling them before bringing them home.
They are best served with a jam glaze on top. Like most cheesecakes, they can be served with tea or coffee.
If you go to Japan, be sure to make a stop at Uncle Rikuro to try these!