Cold Or Hot Water Bath?

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FloraFlora Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 1:13am
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I thought baking with water bath should always be hot water.
But I came across a few recipes that asked for cold water when water bathing.
Are there any differences in the two types?

Thanks in advance!

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JanH Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 2:27am
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That IS interesting, as I've not yet come across a recipe that specified a cold water bath.

What type of recipe/s specificies this variation. (Might have a direct bearing on the "why.")

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FloraFlora Posted 16 Dec 2009 , 9:13pm
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They are a couple of recipes for Japanese light cheesecakes.
It did not say why use cold water.. that's what I'm trying to understand...

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JanH Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 6:49am
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This article says a cold water bath for cheesecakes will retard baking times:

http://bakingdesserts.suite101.com/article.cfm/tips_for_a_perfect_baked_cheesecak

http://www.chefnorm.com/cheesecake_know_how.htm

So the purpose of a cold water bath might be to extend a low temperature, slow baking time. Especially since Japanese cheese cakes don't have the same dense texture as our American style cheesecakes.

Japanese cotton soft cheesecake recipe:
(Uses tepid water bath.)

http://www.dianasdesserts.com/website/forum/printthread.cfm?Forum=8&Topic=170

Doesn't specify water bath temp.

http://passionbaker.blogspot.com/2008/11/japanese-cotton-cheesecake.html

Other Japanese cheesecake recipe:

http://www.fadaboutfood.com/2009/05/cotton-soft-japanese-cheese-cake.html

HTH

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madgeowens Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 7:03am
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You know I don't think I ever thought about hot or cold when I bake my cheese cake. Thats very interesting. I have done both, and I really can't say I noticed a difference...they all have come out stupendous hehe....I will have to check this out further...great post.

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FloraFlora Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 4:15pm
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WOW! Thank you Jan, you are so resourceful!
These articles are really helpful!

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JanH Posted 17 Dec 2009 , 6:47pm
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You're very welcome Flora. icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks so much for the compliment.

I always learn so much from these searches, such as a Japanese "rare" cheesecake is our version of "no bake".

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