Delicious Baked Lemon Cheesecake

To follow is my recipe for an easy and delicious Baked Lemon Cheesecake that is a real crowd pleaser!

Ingredients:
250 g sweet plain biscuits crumbed – I use Gingernuts (well you should know by now I’m a ginger nut! ;P)
125 g butter melted
3 egg lightly beaten
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 x 250 g cream cheese softened
1 x 150g light ricotta cheese (You can use 3 x 250g cream cheese but I like the combination of ricotta and the cream cheese as it is a little lighter)
3 tsp lemon rind grated
1/4 cup lemon juice or lime juice or as I did this time around a mixture of both!

Method:

  • Lightly grease a 22 cm springform tin.
  • Crumb your biscuits by placing in a bag and bashing with a rolling pin (great to relieve tension!) or by crumbing in the electric processor (since I have a relatively new gadget I love any excuse to get it out and give it a whirl!)
  • Combine biscuit crumbs and the butter that you’ve melted in a bowl.
  • Using a glass, press crumb mixture evenly over base and side of tin.
  • Refrigerate biscuit crust for 1 hour.
  • Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until pale and thick. (NOTE: Be patient with beating the eggs and sugar, as the mixture becomes more pale, the lighter textured the cheesecake will be this may take 10 minutes or more of beating.
  • Add cheese, rind and lemon juice. Beat until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Pour mixture into prepared tin and bake in moderate oven for about 45 minutes. I baked the cheesecake at 150C in a fan-forced electric oven.
  • Cool in oven with door ajar, then refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • Decorate with cream and your favourite seasonal fruit, chocolate or, as I did this time, with chopped crystallised ginger.

(NOTE: Any chance I can get to add ginger to a recipe I will thus the reason I used Gingernut biscuits and topped with ginger – in fact I could’ve thrown a handful of the chopped ginger into the cream-cheese mixture too – perhaps next time!)

Oh crumbs!
Oh crumbs!

Egg-cellent!
Egg-cellent!

Scoop and smooth mixture into your case
Scoop and smooth mixture into your case

Decorate as you please
Decorate as you please

Hey presto!
Hey presto!

Pale and fluffy
Pale and fluffy

Baked - don't worry if it cracks it will be covered by the cream and topping
Baked – don’t worry if it cracks it will be covered by the cream and topping

Serve alone or with ice-cream, berries or what ever else you desire!
Serve alone or with ice-cream, berries or what ever else you desire!

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