Total Time
2hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This was posted in the Montreal Gazette. Some one had requested a cheesecake made from the restaurant Franny's that has been closed for quite some time now. This is in time for Shavuot, which requires Jews to eat dairy during the holiday.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the crust:.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Lightly butter an 8 inch springform pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine crumbs with sugar, then with butter and press mixture int bottom of pan, packing it down with the base of a flat glass.
  4. Bake until golden about seven to ten minutes.
  5. For the Cheese filling:
  6. Keep the oven at 400 degrees F.
  7. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and sugar blending until smooth. Blend in sour cream. Stir in beaten eggs, one third at a time. Stir in lemon juice, zest, and vanilla, blending well.
  8. Pour into baked crust and place in oven. Immediately turn heat down to 300 degrees F and bake for one hour or until cake begins to rise on the sides.
  9. Turn oven off. Open oven door and let cake sit in oven for another 30 minutes. Remove, set on rack.
  10. For cheesecake topping:.
  11. have the oven at 350 degrees F.
  12. In a medium bowl, combine all three ingredients, blending with a spoon until smooth.
  13. Spread over top of baked cheesecake. If cake has cracks, use topping to fill in the spaces.
  14. Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool completely before removing side of springform pan. Chill until ready to serve.
  15. Cheesecake can be wrapped closely in plastic and refrigerated for about four days or frozen two weeks. served chilled with fresh fruit or fruit coulis.
Most Helpful

Great tasting cheesecake, this is! The one thing I changed was in the amount of lemon zest used ~ I was quite generous with it as we do love the taste of lemon! Easy to put together & a big hit at the potluck where it was quickly devoured! Thanks for sharing the recipe! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]

Sydney Mike April 21, 2011

Very good! I made this low fat by using fat free cream cheese and reduced fat sour cream. This was great, I would definitely make it again the same way. I couldn't even taste the difference between full-fat cheesecake. We also had to freeze this and re-thaw to eat and it still tasted great. Made for Potluck tag :)

KellyMac6 March 28, 2010

This is a very good cheesecake recipe with easy to follow directions. We quartered the recipe, used 1 egg, and baked it in a mini springform pan for 35 minutes, then left it in the oven with the door open for 30. The use of the topping to fill in the cracks is a very useful tip. We chilled this for 3 hours before serving the two of us.

2Bleu June 01, 2008