Daring Bakers – Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping

I like Cheesecake but I rarely bake it, so I was quite happy when I checked the Daring Baker challenge. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

Perhaps you remember my lemon glut, so it was evident I did go with lemon. Once the cake was baked I topped it with homemade Lemon Curd.

I didn’t want to buy especially crackers for the crust, so I used leftover homemade tart shells and bought Basler Läckerli. The spice biscuits gave the curst the special twist.

Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake

Daring Bakers - Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping

Crust:
2 cups / 180 g graham cracker crumbs
1 stick / 4 oz butter, melted
2 tbsp. / 24 g sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Cheesecake:
3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz each (total of 24 oz) room temperature
1 cup / 210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup / 8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1 tbsp liqueur, optional, but choose what will work well with your cheesecake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (Gas Mark 4 = 180C = Moderate heat). Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into your preferred pan. You can press the crust just into the bottom, or up the sides of the pan too – baker’s choice. Set crust aside.

3. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and alcohol and blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done – this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

Prep notes: While the actual making of this cheesecake is a minimal time commitment, it does need to bake for almost an hour, cool in the oven for an hour, and chill overnight before it is served. Please plan accordingly!

Daring Bakers - Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping

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Don’t forget to visit the blogs of my fellow Daring Bakers and the Daring Kitchen headquarter!

November 2007 Challenge – Tender Potatoe Bread
December 2007 Challenge – Yule Log
January 2008 Challenge – Lemon Meringue Pie
February 2008 Challenge – French Bread
March 2008 Challenge – Perfect Party Cake
April 2008 Challenge – Cheesecake Pops
May 2008 Challenge – Opéra Cake
June 2008 Challenge – Danish Braid
July 2008 Challenge – Filbert Gateau
August 2008 Challenge – Chocolate Eclairs
September 2008 Challenge – Lavash Crackers
October 2008 Challenge – Pizza
November 2008 Challenge – Caramel Cake with Caramelized Butter Frosting
January 2009 Challenge – Tuiles
February 2009 Challenge – Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Valentino
March 2009 Challenge – Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna (Lasagne Verdi al Forno)

More entries and recipes in English.


24 Gedanken zu „Daring Bakers – Cheesecake with Lemon Curd Topping

  1. Lemon Curd is one of life’s great blessings. What a perfect topping for the cheesecake! It looks like the essence of spring,too.

  2. Sehr schöner Kuchen. Da bekommt man so kurz nach dem Abendessen gleich wieder Hunger. :)

    (nebenbei: der Basler Läckerli Link funktioniert nicht)

  3. i love lemon curd on cheesecake. i had made cheesecake squares topped wih lemon curd a few weeks ago too. perfect going zorra!

  4. What a pretty cheesecake. I’m sure the lemon curd was the perfect match to the sweetness of the cheesecake.

    I added orange zest to mine.

  5. What a gorgeous sunny colour your lemon curd has! Your cheesecake looks wonderful, Zorra and I’m glad to see that you’re not fed up of lemons yet :)

  6. Das sieht ganz nach meinem Geschmack aus. Wenn ich nicht so ein Backmuffel wär, würd ich mich gleich mal daran versuchen wollen. Es wird sich aber wohl ein entsprechender Anlass finden müssen.

  7. Zorra, what a brilliant idea of using leftover homemade tart shells, I actually always have leftover tart pastry in my freezer, why haven’t I thought of using it? Your cheesecake with lemon curd really look delicious!
    Cheers,
    elra

  8. I love lemon with the creaminess of this recipe. Thanks for being a part of the challenge!

    Jenny of JennyBakes

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