ZoëBakes Academy

Host Zoe Francois, as seen on Zoe Bakes, Season 1

A New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to be about giving something up, it can be about setting out to create new things. What if we shake things up a bit and resolve to get into the kitchen to try a new cooking or baking technique this year? No matter where you are in your baking journey, there’s always something new to learn. That’s one of the things I love most about this craft.

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How to Make Cheesecake

Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François
Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

If you start typing “is cheesecake” into Google, the first suggestion is “is cheesecake a pie?” You’ll get mixed results, including adamant ones from the likes of Alton Brown proclaiming cheesecake is a pie. Others say it’s a tart. And some stand by it being a cake. No matter where you fall on this debate, I think we can all agree that cheesecake is delicious. It works for any occasion, and you can make varieties to please every palate.

Before we dive in to all my tips on how to make cheesecake, make sure to check out my “Showstopping Cheesecake” Craftsy class if you want in-depth instructions on how to make beautiful cheesecakes.

Baking with My Mother Cheesecake Video: You can also watch my son, Henri, and me bake cheesecake in an episode of “Baking with My Mother” on Youtube! We make this Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake (recipe at the bottom of this post), but leave out the swirls and add a berry sauce, so we can customize the cheesecake to our own preference. He went with Strawberries and I stuck with blueberries.

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How to Make Pie Crust

Pie dough is notorious for being a difficult pastry. While it can take time and a good recipe to master your pie dough technique, you shouldn’t fear this beloved dessert, even if you’re worried that you can’t match the flakiness of your grandma’s crust. I’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about making pie to give you the confidence to craft the best fruit, cream, meringue, savory and whatever-your-heart-desires pies.

Want to get straight to the recipes? Try one of these pie collections:

Now, choose your crust below, and get started. And, if you need a helpful guide, check out my Pie Dough 101 Instagram story. Plus, check out my essential tools for making pies + tarts.

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