Dirk's Birthday Cheesecake

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by Emjay99

For my husband with love. This is the basic cheesecake - leave out the lemon and add flavourings of your choice for example melted semi sweet chocolate, coffee syrup, or lime or orange. Top with whatever you wish: blueberries, strawberries even apple pie filling! Baking in a water bath (bain Marie) will ensure an ultra creamy texture.

Top Review by Stephanie Rybak

I tried this recipe. It was the first time I'd ever made a real cheesecake and it came out perfect the first time. I made it without the lemon as my hubby doesn't like the lemon, and he said it was the best cheesecake he'd ever had! And I couldn't believe how EASY it was! I think next time I will try it with Bailey's Irish Cream. Hubby's been bugging me to do that. I will definitely let you know how it turns out! Thanx so much for this recipe! it is WONDERFUL!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Topping: In a small bowl blend together cup of sour cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. Set aside.
  2. Base: Preset oven to 325 degrees F. Blend together melted margarine, graham cracker crumbs and 1 tablespoon sugar. Press firmly on the base of a 9" sprayed springform pan and bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely then cover the base of the pan on the outside (so that the pan base will not allow water from the water bath to seep in) with heavy tin foil set aside and prepare the filling.
  3. Cheesecake Filling: In a blender blend until smooth cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, condensed milk, cornstarch or custard powder, eggs, lemon zest and juice and vanilla extract. Pour gently over cooled crumb base.
  4. Water Bath: Place springfoam pan in a large enough shallow roasting pan and fill with enough water to come up the sides to about half an inch.
  5. Baking: Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F and bake cheesecake in the water bath for 1 hour. Pour over the topping and continue to bake a further 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cheesecake from the oven and from the water bath. Cool completely on a wire rack then refrigerate.

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