I love to make cheesecakes, and they turn out great! I'm just not sure how to serve them. When I remove the sides of the springform pan, do I place the cheesecake with the pan bottom attached on the serving plate? Is there an easy way to remove the bottom? —S.M., Mission, Texas
While you certainly may serve the cheesecake with the pan bottom still attached, it makes a nicer presentation if the bottom is removed. For easier removal, start by preparing the pan for baking. Cut a piece of foil or parchment paper 2 inches longer than the bottom of the pan’s circumference. Grease the bottom of the pan, line it with the foil or parchment paper, and grease the foil or parchment paper. Clamp on the band, making sure the extra foil or parchment paper extends beyond the sides of the bottom. Before removing the cheesecake from the pan, it’s important to refrigerate it for at least 12 hours or preferably overnight to make sure it is firm.
Remove the band from the pan. Run a large knife or a thin metal spatula carefully under the bottom of the cheesecake to loosen it. Hold down one corner of the foil or parchment paper and gently push the bottom of the cheesecake onto a flat serving platter. If the cheesecake is still difficult to remove, try warming the bottom of the pan. Soak a kitchen towel briefly in hot water and wring it out. Set the bottom on the towel for a few seconds to warm the butter in the crust. While holding a corner of the foil, try moving the cheesecake onto the serving platter.