Liquid Cheesecake Recipe By Chef Christina Tosi

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Christina Tosi has a dirty little secret and she's not afraid to share it: She loves underbaked cheesecake. "When I was writing the cookbook, I asked myself, 'What am I going to do?' Is liquid cheesecake too much for other people?" In the end, she followed the old adage: My kitchen, my rules. The recipe for liquid cheesecake, included in her newly released cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar, is a dessert Tosi has made a variation of in every kitchen she has worked. So when she joined the Momofuku team in New York City, the recipe came naturally. At Milk Bar–as in the cookbook–the recipe is used in various applications (as a base for ice cream, a layer in a cake), but we happily follow Tosi's advice and enjoy spoonfuls straight from the baking pan.

2 to 4 servings

Liquid Cheesecake
4.9 from 21 ratings
Christina Tosi has a dirty little secret and she's not afraid to share it: She loves underbaked cheesecake.
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Total time: 25 minutes
  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. In the bowl of a standing mixer, paddle the cream cheese on low until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and mix until it is completely incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, gently whisk together the cornstarch and salt. Add the milk in a slow, steady stream, then whisk in the egg.
  3. With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the egg mixture to the cream cheese, beating until the mixture is smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Pour the cheesecake batter into an 8-inch-square baking pan lined with plastic wrap. Place the pan in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, gently shake the pan: The outside edges should be firm and the center loosely set. If the cheesecake has not reached that consistency, allow it to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the cheesecake from the oven, set aside to cool completely, then serve.
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