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How do I know when my cheesecake is finished cooking?

Asked by sevenfourteen (2414 points ) January 11th, 2010

I helped my little sister make a chocolate chip cheesecake and it’s been baking for about half an hour. How do I know if it is cooked in the middle? I know the cookie top is done because it’s brown and looks like how a cookie is supposed to, but I can’t do the clean knife test for the middle because it’s cheesecake… so how do I know when it’s done?

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njnyjobs's avatar

How can you tell if cheesecake is done? Either touch the top lightly or gently shake the pan. The center may be just firm to your touch or jiggle slightly, but it will set during chilling.

Poking the tip of a knife in the cheesecake to test doneness isn’t advised because the hole could cause it to crack.

fireinthepriory's avatar

You could try using a piece of uncooked spaghetti… it won’t be goopy if it’s done, although it might be moist. You might get little crumbles of cheesecake. If it’s totally coated in goo, it’s not done.

Or do what @njnyjobs said. :)

sevenfourteen's avatar

Thank you both!!

marinelife's avatar

Half an hour seems way too short for a cheesecake. it is usually 45–55 minutes.

gailcalled's avatar

Also useful as a poker is one of the bristles of a broom.

smile1's avatar

If you jiggle the pan, and it looks like rather hard jello (dont know how to describe it), or, it moves a little bit, turn off the oven, leave it in there, crack the door open a touch, and let it cool SLOWLY for an hour, or as long as you can. this also prevents it from cracking, if you are using a delicate, but delicious recipe.

as @Marina had said. 30 minutes seems much too short. what size? 9 inch? 6 inch?

sevenfourteen's avatar

Well it was a chocolate chip cookie cheese cake so it was like making cookies at the same time and it was hard to tell if it was jiggly becasue of the cookie topping- idk if this has any affect on the time, and it was a round pan about the size of a bunt cake pan (not the same shape obviously)

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