I have been requested to make a cheesecake for a birthday party this weekend. I have not yet found the quintessential cheesecake recipe that I would consider my best effort for an occasion such as this. I am leaning towards the cheesecake recipe in the Barefoot Contessa cookbook (the Family one) only because every recipe of Ina Garten’s I have tried has been right on. Cheesecake recipes that I have seen mostly vary in baking temperature, baine marie or no bain marie, and the matter of leaving the oven door open and for how long.
Has anyone tried this recipe? Should I use her method or try a different one?