➤ by Lydia Fulson
Use your air fryer to make this German air fryer cheesecake, Luftfritteuse Frischkäse Kuchen, or Philadelphia Käsekuchen, and it will become one of your favorites. Why? Because it’s so easy to make and tastes divine! Just like Oma’s!
This cake was the perfect size for my Mom, Dad, and me to enjoy, and it was so quick to put together. I personally love butterscotch chips, so I made this a butterscotch-themed cheesecake. But the Wunderbar thing about cheesecake is, you can add just about anything you want to make it truly YOU.
There really are so many ways to make these wunderbar cakes, but this is one of my favorite ways. I love using my air fryer whenever I can!
Having such a sweet tooth, cheesecake has always been a favorite of mine. So when I realized I could make it easily in my Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer Oven, I hopped to it! This air fryer cheesecake recipe is outstanding for dinner parties, and it can be made using simple ingredients that you may already have on hand.
This delicious cheesecake is a great reason to hop on the air fryer bandwagon. It's such an easy recipe and air frying takes so much less time compared to using the regular oven for baking. It's become my go-to!
For this recipe, I used the same chocolate Oreo crumbs that I use when making Oma's no-bake cheesecake. Seeing as that is one of the cheesecake recipes that I use all the time, and I love the crust so so much. I wanted to incorporate that same flavor into this cake.
Oma's no-bake recipe also includes using lemon juice and lemon zest, which could be used for this air fryer recipe. If you choose to use lemon flavoring instead of butterscotch chips, you can add your lemon ingredients into the cheesecake batter.
If you'd prefer the more traditional graham cracker crust, no worries. Simply crush your graham crackers, mix with melted butter, then press into pan. (small spring form pan, air fryer pan, etc..)
Oma taught me this neat trick to help prep the cake pan to make it easier for the cake to come out when it's ready.
Now you can use butter and use your fingers to grease your pan. That's how I used to do it. Or, you can use my new favorite method!
Get out your trusty parchment paper and create a sling. You can do this by measuring your your piece of parchment paper to the exact size of the bottom of the pan, then adding a little more length to go up the two sides as well. This way, when your cake is ready to come out, you can simply grab these two pieces sticking up from the sides and lift your cake out.
If you'd prefer a different way of prepping your pan, you can use cooking spray and spray the entirety of the inside of the pan. As well, you can use a cake pan that has a bottom that you can push up. This is always a handy way of getting your cake to slide up and out, nice and easy.
Personally, I like the sling method. But I have had times where I cut the parchment paper too soon and forgot to make it long enough for a sling. When this happens, I opt for counting on my pan with the pushable bottom or use a springform pan.
Hopefully, these methods can help you along the way while making this delicious air fryer cheesecake!
While sweetened condensed milk is not a very common ingredient found in German baking, you could use Gezuckerte Kondensmilch (sugared condensed milk), which would be the one available in German stores.
Condensed milk alone though, is a popular ingredient in German cuisine. In fact, here's some Fulson family history for you!
My Uroma used condensed milk, Libbymilch, all the time in her coffee back in Germany. When she moved to Canada, she used Carnation Evaporated Milk instead, which is really just sweetened condensed milk, but without the sweetener added in.
My Oma used this evaporated milk in her coffee for years as well. This is because it has a longer shelf life than buying fresh cream in a carton. Nowadays, she enjoys her fresh cream better.
Pretty nifty, huh?
So, if you're looking to use something different (but not too different) to make this recipe feel like home, you can use condensed milk, then add sugar into your recipe to add sweetness.
But as for the rest of the recipe, cheesecake made with Philadelphia cream cheese (Frischkäse) is very German. These Philadelphia Käsekuchen cheesecakes are a popular dessert in German cuisine.
This German Cheesecake Recipe, made by my lovely Oma uses sour cream. Which has been a popular baking ingredient in European culture for many years. Be sure to check this recipe out for another cheesecake alternative. There really are so many ways to make these wunderbar cakes.
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