Jamie Oliver’s NYC Cheesecake: Easy, Cheesy & Beautiful

I’ve been up since 5:30am typing this out. Yes, I’m THAT excited to share the new post with you right before I head out to work early this morning. Now, where’s my cuppa coffee?

McCutie has been asking me for a specially baked cheesecake even before I started making my un-molten disaster. And just when you thought that would have put me off baking… think again, honey. Armed with Jamie’s new cookbook (which McCutie bought for me by the way- TQ!), Jamie’s America,  McC got that wish answered.

For starters, I’ve always been a fan of Jamie for the simple reason that his recipes are fuzz-free. Perfect for lazy monkeys like yours truly. Now enters this new recipe on page 37,  the “My NYC Cheesecake,” that has inspired to embark on my second baking quest. I have to admit that Jamie’s no-nonsense writing style has always been rather easy and very assuring for any beginners to follow. No sweat about it.

Once again I had all my ingredients laid out and started throwing it all in the mixing bowl. As I mixed the rather thin cheesecake mixture by hand (because I don’t have an electrical mixer), I became doubtful. I couldn’t help thinking that something was going to go wrong. Everything was just going too smoothly, if you know what I mean.

“Did I put in everything in the right sequence?”
“Did I whiz it the right way?”
“Did I miss putting anything together?”
“Did I …. blah blah blah…”

Oh well, what’s the worse that could happen? With watchful eyes I put the cake mixture into my small little but very capable oven (who needs a RM10,000 oven right?). Then I proceed to performed the impossible, whisking the coconut meringue topping by hand. It was then that I really wished I should have tried harder at winning one of these (and a food processor too!) from Jamie’s #JamiesTwitchen competitions. Ho-Hum.  My arms nearly fell off trying to beat the egg white and sugar mixture into a thick and glossy mixture. It continued to hurt the next few days too. No pain, no gain.

The end result was a wonderful (to my surprised) light textured lime flavoured cheesecake with a nice twist of coconut meringue at the top. McCutie loved it to bits and called it a resounding success. So did my colleagues who were lucky enough to try it. Guess that’s the end of my first cheesecake (and meringue) saga. This has definitely given me a boost of confidence to make some for the rest of you try… in due time. Perhaps alilfatmonkey can bake after all. The Force is still strong.

In the end, Jamie isn’t the only person I have to thank. How can I write about baking without thanking Ah Pa right? I had to SMS the old man while he was enjoying thick fresh snow with his family. But thankfully he didn’t forget about this Ah Boy and dutifully performed his paternal duties. His replied, “Use nothing more than 3/4 cups of sugar…now bugger off. Cis!

Jamie Oliver's NYC Cheesecake

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Jamie Oliver’s latest book, JAMIE’S AMERICA (RM119.00), is now available at all major bookstores. Times, Borders and Kinokuniya are giving a 20% discount with any other purchase.

16 Responses to Jamie Oliver’s NYC Cheesecake: Easy, Cheesy & Beautiful
  1. Pey
    October 7, 2009 | 11:28 pm

    OO CONGRATS looks YUMMY!

  2. boo_licious
    October 8, 2009 | 12:57 am

    It looks divine monkey! Congrats! I've the book too, must go dig it out and try that recipe. I secretly love Jamie, as his recipes are so easy peasy plus delicious!

  3. Chaokar
    October 8, 2009 | 1:21 am

    well done,

    I pun nak rasa

  4. thule a.k.a leo
    October 8, 2009 | 4:08 am

    they say the way to get into a man's heart is through his stomach… I say vice versa :) bravo bro… bravo!!!
    Girls dig guys who can cook/bake… but McCutie always come first!!! I'm sure you know that.. lol!!

  5. kampungboycitygal
    October 8, 2009 | 5:02 am

    i need to buy a cook book for the bf NOW! haha

  6. GFAD
    October 8, 2009 | 5:05 am

    The triumphant debut of LilMunkyBakes!! (after a slight hiccup..) :D Very good munky. The texture looks perfect.

    Your AhPa must be proud. Has he tasted your wares yet?

  7. fatboybakes
    October 8, 2009 | 5:17 am

    AIYERRRRR, this kind of ahboy, bake such nice cake oso never send to ahpa. CHIS!!!! mccutie is one lucky monkey friend.

  8. little miss kechik
    October 8, 2009 | 9:28 am

    aiyah.. please la… stop hinting yummy ideas in my head.. and belly… u ni selalu tauuuu!!! during my confinement.. i shall ban myself from reading your blog.. i swear!! hahaa!

  9. spunkz
    October 8, 2009 | 11:14 am

    citrusy larblies! now how did u get that appetising smell wafting through the pictures too? :P

  10. qwazymonkey
    October 8, 2009 | 6:12 pm

    Pey: Thanks! 2nd time lucky I guess

    Boo: Closeted Jamie fan you are, but I think you can come out lah. Nobody's going to judge.

    Chaokar: Haven't tried anything of yours yet

    Leo: Spoken like a good husband. :)

    KBCG: I'm sure KampungBoy's gonna make you some nice goodies

    GFAD: I think Ah Pa's mad that he haven't got to try anything yet

    FBB: Well I would but you were busy on Mt.Buller

    Kechik: It's ok, confinement time is the time to let go and makan!

    spunkz: What PC you using? Can smell food. I also wanna buy.

  11. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    October 9, 2009 | 3:41 am

    nice nice..u finally found the genes that ur ah PA gave you!

  12. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy
    October 9, 2009 | 3:31 pm

    Well done sweetie ;-) Looks Gorge!

  13. Allan Yap & Nigel A. Skelchy
    October 10, 2009 | 10:25 am

    PS When you making for us? ;-)

  14. rokh
    October 11, 2009 | 3:49 am

    jamie rocks and you rock too! :)

  15. qwazymonkey
    October 14, 2009 | 1:48 pm

    Joe: Hehe I'm sure the genes in thee somewhere

    Allan&Nigel: Thanks hun. Will make it for you guys soon, just don't expect an orgasm ok?

    ROKH: Hear hear!

  16. Al
    October 26, 2009 | 2:16 pm

    just got the book a day ago,attempting this tomorrow.i'm still considering whether i should do the meringue or not,i don't know how to pronounce the bloody word much less do the damn thing.

    anyhu,i'll have an ephiphany tomorrow and hope my results turn out half as good as yours:)

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