Here is a link to the recipe:
Your recipe states to leave it sit in the oven for 15 minutes and then remove...
In truth, I make a lot of cheesecakes for my family... I can't sell them since they require the fridge...
I don't have a written recipe for any of them... I just pick a flavor and go...
Sometimes I use a water bath... Sometimes I don't...
My aunt makes these short cheesecakes in a 8x8 aluminum pan at christmas time and she doesn't use a water bath at all...
Just be sure if you convert it to make sure that your pan is well covered on the bottom with foil or something to prevent the water from getting into that shortbread crust...
I have always cooked them until they are done... puffy edges... center firm but jiggly...
I have always let them cool in the oven with the door cracked for at least an hour before taking them out and then they only go in the fridge after they have cooled to room temp...
Then again, for all I know I have been doing it all wrong all these years...
i would recommend doing it exactly as written
looks fine to me
sure you can change it up any way you want but it will work great as written imo
if you decide to change--read up on a bunch of cheesecake recipes and pick and choose the components and procedures you like--that's what i do when i'm recipe gleaning ;)
I always use a water bath, and press the cream cheese mixture through a sieve before putting it in the pan.
I actually don't use a spring form pan, so I don't worry about leakage at all, but make sure you have the pan well wrapped in foil if you decide to put it in a water bath. Nothing worse than soggy watery cheesecake, lol.
Most of my cheesecakes are 4" high, with them I let them cool in the oven with a spoon in the door. With a regular cheesecake I don't bother.
However, if this is your first one, I agree with K8, I would stick to the recipe, with the exception of adding a water bath.
You've asked this question on more than one website. And you've gotten the same answers on them all. If you don't want to follow the directions, then do it your own way and see how it turns out.
since you're scared about it--i think you should make it exactly as written
then you will have no worries to follow it -- just do it
then after it is all finished and wonderful you can see how you might like to make adjustments for next time
you have far too many options available plus no experience and these combine to make it even harder to decide
southern living is known for excellent recipes--if it was a different source maybe you'd be justified in questioning it
since it's your first one, do it as written and you will not have any regrets
narrow it down and get 'er done
edited to say--plus it has been very well reviewed
do it ;)