Can you make a cheesecake without a springform pan? Absolutely! I was faced with this problem when I made this amazingly delicious Gluten Free / Low Sugar Coconut Cheesecake. I really wanted to make a cheesecake, but I didn’t have a springform pan. What was I to do?
I tried out something new, and wanted you to know… it worked! I used a regular cake pan lined with parchment paper. There’s two ways that you could do this.
Method One: put the parchment in and use the crust to help keep it to the bottom and against the sides. The benefit to this is when the cheesecake is done, you can pull up on the parchment paper and the entire cheesecake will come out. But, you may end up with large wrinkles in your parchment paper that will leave grooves on the side of your cheesecake.
Method Two: Line the pan with two separate pieces of parchment paper (this is what I did and describe below). This takes a little bit more time, but the parchment paper will lay smoother against the pan.
First, cut out a circle from the parchment paper. You can use the cake pan to trace the proper size circle. Then, cut out one or two strips of parchment paper that are just a little wider than the cake pan is tall. Lay these strips around the inside walls of the cake pan.
When it is time to remove the cheesecake from the pan, flip the pan upside down onto a parchment paper line plate or cake board. Rub or tap the bottom of the cake pan until you feel the cheesecake release. Gently lift the cake pan off the cheesecake.
Lastly, flip the cheesecake onto the serving dish.
And that is how you make a perfect cheesecake without a springform pan!
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