Cook1 hr 25 mins
Portable cheesecake, rich and tart!Adapted from the All Butter Fresh Cream Sugar Packed No Holds Barred Baking Book by Judy Rosenberg!
- 1 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 egg white, for glazing
- 10 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1⁄2 cup sugar, plus
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1⁄4 cup sour cream, plus
- 1 tablespoon sour cream, room temperature
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Lightly grease an 8" square baking pan with butter.
- For the base:.
- Process the flour and confectoner's sugar in a food processor for several seconds. Add the butter and process until the dough comes together, 20 to 30 seconds.
- Pat the dough gently over the bottom of prepared pan and about 1" up the sides. Glaze it with the egg white: Pour the egg white on the dough and tip the pan from side to side so the white spreads over the surface. Pour off the excess.
- Bake the base on the center oven rack until golden, about 25 minutes. Place the base in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to cool completely. Keep on the oven.
- Meanwhile prepare the topping:.
- Using an electric mixer on medium high speed, cream the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon zest together in a medium bowl till light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Stop the mixer once or twice to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
- Add the sour cream and lemon juice and beat the mixture on medium high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the bowl.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and beat on medium high speed until smooth and creamy,about 10 seconds. Spread the topping evenly over the base.
- Bake the bars on the center oven rack until the top is slightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, about 1 hour. If the topping bubbles up during baking, prick the bubbles with a toothpick or a thin knife.
- Allow the bars to cool completely on a rack. Cut them with the point of a thin sharp knife that is dipped in hot water and wiped dry before each cut.
We really enjoyed the flavor of these squares. They were lovely and light in flavor. I took a page from other reviewers and used parchment paper to line my dish. I also skipped the egg white wash, as it did seem unnecessary to me. My results were delicious! I will be so happy to share these with friends and family. Thanks so much for sharing another winner of a recipe, Sharon.
Wonderful! The lemony taste was great but I won't bother using the egg white next time tho' cos it made a slightly chewy film on top of the base. Thanks for the recipe!
Wow, I made it with Green tea for a Japanese dinner, and sprinkled with white chocolate before serving. It was the best. Thank you for posting this.