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Giant cheesecake in a foil pan

I'm looking for a reliable recipe for cheesecake that will be baked in one of those large turkey-size foil pans and cut into squares. This is for the soup kitchen where I volunteer. They had the ingredients and I said I'd make cheesecake. Here's what I brought home with me:
- LOTS of cream cheese
- Eggs
- Tons of sour cream
- Sugar
- Crumbled oreo cookes (for crust)
- Semisweet chocolate (could do swirls, I suppose)

I'm happy to fill in the blanks with ingredients from my cupboard - butter, vanilla, whatever. But I'd like a tried and true recipe, if anyone has something like that. I suppose it can be for a cheesecake that would be baked in a 9 x 13 pan (I would double this). My usual cheesecake is a traditional springform pan type, which produces a higher cake. Thanks for any help.

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  1. The cheesecake recipe I use can be done in a springform or 9x13. It's a basic recipe, with a graham cracker crust. You could definitely sub in oreo crumbs for the crust. I sometimes add in chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. Let me know if you'd like the recipe.

    Also- check out the Kraft website for some recipes. Back when I used to get their free recipe magazine, it seemed like every other recipe was for cheesecake squares. Even the recipes meant for a springform had alternate directions for baking in a 9x13 pan.

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      Well - of course cheesecake17 would reply! Thanks - I'll check the Kraft website - you're right they always have that kind of thing. Forgot all about them.

      1. re: Nyleve

        Happy to help! Was thinking that if you wanted to cut into bars for easy serving, maybe line the foil pans with a tinfoil sling. You could always cut the sides of the pan down to get the slices out, but I worry about sharp edges.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Right - will do that exactly. I found a recipe for an Oreo cheesecake on the Kraft site which would be absolultely perfect. Thanks.

      2. re: cheesecake17

        Nyleve---I am very interested in your query as I am baking for a similar venue. If you have a recipe with actual proportions that has worked for you I would be so glad to see it. The parameters seem financial: I want something that is going to look and taste like a million dollars, for folks who right now don't have a dime, and hopefully it won't cost me a fortune to make it. Awaiting your recipe, I will trade you this useful tidbit---since baking isn't as much of a problem as transport, let me share that Dollar Tree sells 9 x 13 foil pans with rigid plastic covers (thus allowing the cakes to be stacked) for $1 apiece but not in their stores---go on their website to order them then pick up your order at the store. MOST convenient to be able to stack.

        1. re: Querencia

          I would be happy to share the result of this particular adventure - I'll be making it tomorrow to be served on Tuesday. I've found what might be the perfect recipe online for an Oreo cheesecake - it uses everything I already have.

          It might be a good idea to start a new thread about this topic. I go into the soup kitchen once a week. We try to work with what food they have had donated or gotten at the food bank. You never know what you'll have. Sometimes there's a crate of red peppers, other times ten pounds of mushrooms. Sometimes we have eggs, most of the time not. Cheese, almost never - but when we get it, it's very coveted. As for meat, its very very rare - sometimes we'll split the cost of something that's on sale cheap (pork roast, hamburger, sausages) so that there can be a meat main. We serve a full lunch - I work with 3 other volunteers. Most weeks we do some preparation at home and bring in a soup, partially done, or a casserole ready to go into the oven. If there's enough stuff to make a salad with, we'll do that as well. I call it the Soup Kitchen Iron Chef Challenge. Will start another thread - there may very well be others out there with experience and would love to share strategies and recipes.

          1. re: Nyleve

            Maybe we could have a thread of recipes for that serve 20-25 people? I cook for the commuters at our local college once a week, and it certainly would be nice to only have to make one or two items.

          2. re: Querencia

            Dollar STORE sells them at their stores.

            Also there are places on line like "Dollar Days" where you can order bulk disposable things (like pans). If your group blows thru them, it might do to look into that source.

            1. re: Querencia

              I bought large foil pans at our local dollar store for $1 each. The big roasting pan size. They always have them. Actually even managed to rescue the ones I used today because I lined the pans with foil before baking so I could just lift the cheesecakes out to cut them. That way I get to use the pans again next week. I've seen the ones with the plastic covers - they're great, as you say, for stacking. Have a couple of them in my freezer right now, as a matter of fact.

          3. Report! I made the Philadelphia Oreo Cheesecake from, I think, the Kraft website. Tripled the recipe but baked it in two large foil pans. Took almost twice as long to bake as a 9 x 13 pan but it turned out fantastic and everyone loved it. I cut the cakes up into 24 pieces each - which may have been a bit large. We ended up halving some of the pieces for folks who didn't want a big honking chunk of cheesecake - so basically it went quite a long way. Thanks for your suggestion, cheesecake 17. Very helpful.

            Next week's challenge: I'm making 2 or 3 big pans of baked rigatoni casserole with some kind of chopped up mystery meat (might be back bacon, but we couldn't identify it), tomato sauce and cheese. Will put a lasagne-esque layer of cottage cheese in the middle because there were, like, 20 containers of cottage cheese in the fridge today. You just never know what you're going to find.

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            1. re: Nyleve

              Happy to help and even happier that everyone got to enjoy a slice of something sweet with their meal!

              Btw to the cottage cheese- can use instead of cheese in some casserole dishes.