This is a superb, versatile, 3-in-1 cheesecake recipe that the Cook's Illustrated people developed which produces three different textures depending on how it is prepared: Rich and Creamy, Light and Airy, and Dense and Firm. One is like a custard, another like a soufflé, and the last like a New York cheesecake. The water bath technique requires a bit of practice and finesse to pull off, but the results are well worth the extra effort. As with any recipe, use the best and freshest ingredients you can find for best results. Recommended: Philadelphia cream cheese, a high quality Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract such as Nielsen-Massey, fresh eggs, dairy, and lemons. The cheesecake doesn't need a topping. This recipe appeared in "Cheesecake: One Recipe, Three Textures," in the September 1995 issue of Cook's Illustrated; I've made a couple minor changes to it. Cooking time does not include 6+ hours of cooling. You are going to love this.