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Making cheesecake without an electric implement?

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I do not own a stand mixer and I just dicovered that I must have left behind the beater parts of my electric hand mixer in a recent move. Earlier tonight, on a whim, I decdied to make cheesecake and have already bought the ingredients. The Luddite in me wouldl like to believe that if the cream cheese is softened enough, I can do all the work by hand and come up with a silky cheesecake. Am I fooling myself? Any suggestions for success?

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  1. I don't think you're fooling yourself, but you're in for a lot of work! Do you have a whisk?

    I'd suggest making sure the cream cheese is room temp so it's easier to work with. If your recipe is like mine, you add a lot of eggs too. Those should help loosen the mixture so you can whisk it. I bet you never miss the mixer in the resulting cake. Though you may have slightly sore arms.

    1. I think it would be hard to get it silky creamy but it depends on how patient you are. I used to make tart crusts w/ two knives and it took time. I'd start w/ two knives until you get the the cheesecake batter smoother and then switch, as Kagey suggested, to a whisk, if you have one. Good luck!

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      1. re: chowser

        Justpaula, the previous cheesecake I made was in a KA stand mixer, and it was too high, too fluffy, and too much for the pan. It was light and delicious, but for my next cheesecake, I decided against a mixer.

        I softened the cream cheese in the microwave and mixed it the old fashioned way, with a wooden spoon. It was just as I wanted, dense and very tasty.

        So no, you're not fooling yourself. If you have a whisk, you can make sure it's creamy, otherwise, it just requires good ole elbow grease.

      2. I am sorry I did not follow up sooner. But, I did absolutely fine with my own left arm. The cheesecake (peanut butter cheesecake) came out smooth and not too dense. Those who had some thought it was delicious. I can't recall right now, but I think there were five eggs to two bricks of cream cheese - which I softened, so with all the eggs, it really was not that hard. I am not one (gasp) who loves cheesecake, but was making it as a treat for my SO. He can be a cheesecake snob and if he loved it then it was good - no help from electrcal mixing and all. I just hope if anyone else reads this they are not turned off from making a cheesecake if they find themselves in the same predicament as me.

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        1. re: Justpaula

          Hey, Just [g] remember that cheesecakes and most all the other pastries and baked goods we love were invented before electric mixers were, and in fact, many if not most were made before electricity was used at all...and even after it was, it was only used for lighting! So, of course you did just fine making a cheesecake powered by your own arm. I don't have a stand mixer, and I'm consistently surprised by the number of people who swear it's difficult to make a batch of cookies without one. As if you even need a hand mixer to make cookies...

          1. re: Justpaula

            OMG -- peanut butter cheesecake. My old favorite from my Montreal days! Do you have the recipe -- or is it online somewhere. Would love a rec for this...

          2. If you like dense New York style cake, run it through a blender. It results in a very different consistency then what a mixer produces. Pre-mix by hand or in a mixer.

            1. you could pass it through a sieve