This basic cheesecake is one part souffle, one part custard, resulting in a lightly sweet and airy cake that is super simple to make.
It’s really important that the cream cheese and eggs be at room temperature, even the egg whites.
THREE-INGREDIENT JAPANESE CHEESECAKE
9 ounces white chocolate (about 1 1/2 cups chips or chopped chocolate)
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
6 large eggs, separated, room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line bottom of 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Cut a 21-by-5-inch strip of parchment, butter or oil the parchment, then line sides of pan.
Place white chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl and heat in microwave in 20-second intervals (or set bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water), stirring occasionally, until melted. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in cream cheese. Let cool slightly, then add yolks and stir to combine.
Using an electric mixer on high speed, whip egg whites in another large bowl until stiff peaks form. Add a small portion of egg whites to chocolate mixture and stir just until lightened. Gently fold in remaining egg whites in 2 additions until just combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Place pan in a baking dish or roasting pan and add warm water to reach halfway up sides of cake pan. Bake cheesecake until set, 40–45 minutes. Turn oven off and leave pan in oven 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Remove cheesecake from pan, transfer to a platter, and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.