Simple Lemon Cheesecake

"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."
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Ready In:
2hrs 20mins




  • For the crust:.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees f. Lightly butter an 8 inch springform pan.
  • 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.
  • Bake until golden about seven to ten minutes.
  • For the Cheese filling:

  • Keep the oven at 400 degrees F.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Turn oven off. Open oven door and let cake sit in oven for another 30 minutes. Remove, set on rack.
  • For cheesecake topping:.
  • have the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all three ingredients, blending with a spoon until smooth.
  • Spread over top of baked cheesecake. If cake has cracks, use topping to fill in the spaces.
  • Bake until set, about 15 minutes. Cool completely before removing side of springform pan. Chill until ready to serve.
  • 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.

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  1. Sydney Mike
    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]
  2. KellyMac6
    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 :)
  3. 2Bleu
    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.


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