Coconut Cheesecake is an easy-to-make recipe. It's creamy and delicious and a coconut lover's dream. This cheesecake is perfect for any occasion!
Cheesecake is a decadent and delicious dessert to enjoy for any occasion. It lends itself well to so many flavors like lemon mascarpone cheesecake. For the coconut lovers, this is the recipe to make. It begins with a layer of coconut graham cracker crust and is topped with a creamy coconut cheesecake batter that's flavored with coconut cream and coconut extract. For an extra flavor and texture, you can top this cheesecake with toasted coconut.
Why this recipe works
- Creamy and delicious.
- Made with a coconut graham cracker crust.
- The filling is made with only 8 ingredients.
Before you begin
Take out the following baking equipment.
Digital kitchen scale
9-inch springform pan
Stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment
2 small bowls
Pot of boiling water
Allow all the ingredients to come to room temperature.
Read the recipe through from start to finish.
For some sweetness, a little bit of granulated sugar is added to the crust. It can be omitted, or for additional sweetness, you can add another two tablespoons of sugar. Granulated sugar is also added to the filling as the sweetener.
For the filling, use full-fat blocks of cream cheese. Do not use the tubs of cream cheese as these are processed to be spreadable (they are whipped and have more air in them). The blocks of cream cheese will give you the best results. Bring your cream cheese to room temperature to achieve a filling that is creamy and has a smooth consistency.
A small amount of all-purpose flour is added to the cheesecake filling to produce a more cake-like consistency. For a smoother and dense cake, you can omit the flour from the recipe.
Use pure vanilla and pure coconut extracts as they will yield the best flavors. Using artificial flavorings will cause your cheesecake to have an artificial flavor. The vanilla extract will not only add flavor to your cheesecake, but it will also enhance the flavors of the other ingredients.
How to make coconut cheesecake
Prep the baking pan. Line the side of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Tightly wrap the outside of the pan (both sides and bottom) with aluminum foil.
Make the crust. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, sugar, salt, and melted butter in a mixing bowl until evenly mixed. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan and bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes.
Make the cheesecake batter. Beat together the room temperature cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, and ensure each is mixed into the batter before adding the next. Add the vanilla and coconut extracts and combine. Mix in the coconut cream until just combined.
Fill the baking pan. Place the springform pan into a large, deep baking pan. Pour the filling over the graham cracker crust. Add boiling water to the larger baking pan until it's halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
Bake. Place into the preheated oven and bake for 55-70 minutes or until the edges are set, and the center is almost set. The center of the cheesecake should still slightly jiggle when you gently shake the pan. Turn off the oven, slightly prop open the oven door, and allow the cheesecake to sit in the cooling oven for 1 hour while the water bath cools down.
Cool to room temperature. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Remove from pan. Release and remove the sides of the springform pan and slice the cheesecake into desired servings.
Why use a water bath
Using a water bath to bake cheesecake is important. It adds moisture, promotes even baking, and prevents browning.
Moist heat. Cheesecake is essentially a custard and therefore a water bath provides moist heat. Without this moisture, the cheesecake can result in a rubbery texture.
Even baking. A water bath allows the cheesecake to bake slowly and evenly. The water will prevent the springform pan from getting too hot so that the center will bake at a similar rate compared to the sides of the cheesecake. Otherwise, uneven baking can cause the cheesecake to puff up, sink, and crack.
Browning. The moisture will evenly bake your cheesecake and prevent it from browning too quickly.
How to freeze coconut cheesecake
Freeze the whole cheesecake. Allow your cheesecake to cool to room temperature and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Remove the springform ring and wrap the cheesecake with the bottom of the pan tightly in plastic wrap. Wrap with two layers of aluminum foil and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, remove the aluminum foil and plastic wrap and thaw in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container.
Freeze single slices. Slice the cheesecake after chilling for at least 4 hours. Wrap each piece tightly with a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil. Place in freezer bags, remove all the air, and freeze up to 3 months. To serve, remove the aluminum foil and plastic wrap and thaw in the refrigerator overnight in an airtight container.
Tips and takeaways
- Using heavy-duty aluminum foil to wrap the outside of your springform pan tightly will help avoid the water from entering your pan and making your crust soggy.
- Do not overmix your filling, as overmixing can cause your cheesecake to crack. Only mix until all the ingredients are just combined. Use the paddle attachment to mix your ingredients on medium-low speed to avoid beating too much air into your filling.
- If your filling has clumps after being mixed, run your mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any clumps so that you will have a creamy, smooth mixture.
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