This is an amazing cheesecake. Thick and rich. However, the first time I made it, it billowed up, then sank in. It also had many cracks in it. There was also enough batter for about two cheesecakes that size. It still tasted amazing, though. But I thought to myself, "this recipe definitely needs a water bath, but it doesn't call for one." So the next time I made it, I used a 10 inch spring-form pan (recipe calls for 9 inch), then I greased the sides and the bottom of it (recipe says not to grease), I used a water bath (recipe doesn't mention anything about a water bath), I let it sit in the oven for an hour after the cooking time was up (recipe didn't call for that), and last but not least, I put a round pizza pan over it after I took it out, and let it sit for about 4 hours. The cheesecake ended up turning out perfect--taste wise and look wise. The reason why I only gave it 4 stars, is because the directions for this recipe are not good. Use a 10 inch spring form pan, grease the bottom and sides of it, use a water bath, let sit in the oven (door closed and heat off) for an hour after baking time is up, and put a round pizza pan (or cookie sheet) over it after taking it out; if you follow those directions, your cheesecake will turn out perfectly!
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This is an amazing cheesecake. Thick and rich. However, the first time I made it, it billowed...