With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Triple-Lemon Cheesecake

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Triple-Lemon Cheesecake


Creamy, delicious, lemony cheesecake ~ it is a fabulous dessert. Though the recipe contains lemon juice and lemon zest as well as a topping of Lemon Curd, the cream cheese is not overpowered.


Making your own lemon curd is super easy using your microwave oven.  Click photo for recipe and how-to.
Triple-Lemon Cheesecake

recipe comes from the cookbook
Luscious Lemon Desserts

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Ingredients
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated 
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature 
1 cup sour cream 
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed 
3 large eggs 
1/2 cup lemon curd, store bought or follow my easy recipe to make your own, chilled 

Directions
Position rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F,

Butter the bottom and side of a 9" springform pan. Have ready a roasting pan. Put on a kettle of water to boil for the water bath. 

Stir together crumbs and butter with a fork in a medium bowl until combined well. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is set; let cool on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. 

Process sugar and zest in a food processor until zest is finely ground. 

In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese beginning on low speed & increasing to medium-high, until light and fluffy.

Gradually add sugar mixture, scraping down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula, continue beating until smooth. 

Add sour cream, lemon juice; beat until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Wrap the outside of the springform pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, then pour the filling into the pan; set it in the roasting pan. Place the roasting pan in the oven and carefully pour in enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the side of the springform pan. 

Bake for 70-75 minutes or until the center is almost set but still slightly jiggly. DO NOT OVERBAKE ~ The cheesecake will firm as it cools. 

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the water bath for 15 minutes. Remove  from the bath; let it cool on a wire rack. 

Remove the foil; refrigerate the cheesecake in its pan, loosely covered, for at least 8 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled. 

Run a table knife around the inside edge of the pan; remove the pan's side. Spread the lemon curd over the top of the cheesecake. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Cut into wedges and serve.

RECIPE NOTE:  I added 2 Tbs. of sugar to the graham cracker crumbs and butter to form the crust.

          
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85 comments:

Lizzy said...

What a stunningly beautiful cheesecake!!! You rocked this challenge!

ping said...

Beautiful cake! Triple lemon ... Ooo.. there goes my cheeks!

The Three Little Piglets said...

That is just gorgeous! It looks so smooth and creamy, like the perfect cheesecake. And I love the idea of putting a little lemon curd on top to bring out the flavor in the cheesecake. Well done!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

Oh my goodness, I think I gained weight just looking at the picture of this yummy looking dessert! It looks wonderful!

Julie Harward said...

This is my very fav...looks so good I want a bite right now! Beautiful. :D

Beth said...

Lemon juice, lemon zest, and lemon curd ... life doesn't get much better than that.

Snap said...

TRIPLE LEMON!!!!!!!! I think I'd be in heaven! :D :D

Marti said...

This sounds so good, and looks so elegant. Thanks.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I collect and make cheesecakes of all flavors...this looks wonderful, of course your beautiful pictures help that also.
Thanks for sharing

Leslie said...

What a gorgeous cheesecake!!! I'm a huge lemon fan, and this one looks to die for! Your blog is just lovely here! I can't wait to see what else you have to share with us.
Blessings,
Leslie

Jess said...

From a fellow ICC participant, your pictures are just beautiful! And I'm sure the cheesecake tastes just as good! Great post :)

podso said...

It looks so beautiful! And sounds delicious! Inspired to maybe try it!

NanaDiana said...

LORRAINE!!! What is wrong with you, woman? YOU KNOW I gave up sugar and white flour and now you are showing me THIS? LEMON being my all time favorite dessert? Seriously, I may not (or may) be speaking to you for the rest of the day! This looks wonderful! I am copying it down because I KNOW my family will love it! xo Diana

Hearty Appletite said...

Oh, WOW!!! After this ICC, I'm going to be baking with lemon for the next month! :)

Crunchy Creamy Sweet said...

This is the most beautiful cheesecake I have ever seen! Sounds delicious too! I found your blog through the Improv Challenge. Love it!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

You earned an A+ and some extra credit here!

Marysol said...

I see absolutely nothing wrong with lemon overpowering cheesecakes, or any other dessert, for that matter.
Looks fantastic! Case dismissed.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Two of my favorite things are cheesecake and lemon. I have never had them together! I need to pin this recipe so I can make the next time we're having company because I know I would eat the whole thing and I really shouldn't do that! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful of the cheesecake! Enjoy your day!

Cookaholic Wife said...

That is one beautiful cheesecake!

Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family said...

Oh I love lemon curd and on top of cheesecake is just a little bit of heaven.

Your photos are gorgeous on top of the delectable food.

This was a very fun challenge to participate in and now I am going to spend a better part of the day checking out everyone's creations.

Ann said...

This looks delicious and it's so pretty too. I know my husband would like this one since he loves lemon

Susan said...

W-O-W-S-E-R-S, LDH. That looks absolutely fabuloso! Not a good thing for me to look at as I try to get over the holiday damage! ha! Take care and thanks for sharing. Think I'll keep the recipe for future reference. Susan

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

You had me at cheesecake! This looks fabulously creamy and rich! Beautiful!! I dropped by from the Improv Challenge!

healthyfoodietravels said...

Oh my - this looks beyond amazing!
Stopping in via the Improv Challenge (my first month participating) and I am stunned by your use of the ingredients. To die for :)

Carol said...

Gorgeous cheesecake! Count me in for any cheesecake and with lemon curd, I'm definitely in!

Really Rainey said...

I love it that you topped it with Lemon curd! Lovely idea!

Rainey @ The Project Table

Pondside said...

What a treat for a lover of lemon! It's the favourite flavour in this house.

Kate said...

Beautiful! And, I have a tree loaded with lemons! Guess you know what is for dessert this weekend.

Olga said...

Looks fantastic! I want a bite ;-)

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

What a beautiful site you have, and this is just a lovely, lovely cheesecake!

Lauren Williams said...

Looks yummy! I just recently made something very similar, but they are bars instead of an entire cheesecake. Here is the link: http://passtheplateblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/triple-layer-lemon-bars.html

Meg {henninglove} said...

wow i want a slice right now! this is probably the best recipe out o the bunch looks soo good!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

What a wonderful cheesecake I know it tastes grreat! Thank you for posting it.

Mary Ellen said...

I have all the ingredients and I am making this tomorrow for sure!! THank you!! I pinned your wonderful recipe too!

I am having a pretty giveaway at my place and would love for you to come sign up for it-You don't have to be a follower-

bee blessed
mary

Martha said...

This looks wonderful -- it MAY BE my dessert for my next luncheon for I've Meyer lemons to use!

Pamela said...

Move over, Cheesecake Factory. This is beautiful. As I read the recipe I'm sure it's as good as it looks. My husband loves all things lemon.

Jenn said...

This looks so yummy!

beti said...

oh my! it looks so thick and creamy, a perfect cheesecake

Shelia said...

That's a might pretty cheesecake. I've just juiced all of my lemons from my tree in the backyard and froze the juice! I'll have to try this!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa~~ said...

Oh my, cheese cake with lemon curd...delish!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

This looks wonderful and I could go for a bite right now. Thanks for sharing. Pat

Maple Lane said...

Good Morning,
I love lemon desserts. Your pictures make this look superb!

Wishing you a great weekend, Lorraine.

Cranberry Morning said...

I came upon your blog name on another blog's sidebar. Immediately, the tune started in my head and I'm singing the song. But I can't remember where it came from. It's from a movie, right?

Lovely blog, by the way. :-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

I just made your baked doughnuts. They turned out great! And now you are tempting me with this cheesecake. Yummo! Can't go wrong with lemon and sour cream. I've already bookmarked a bunch of the recipes shared by others. :) Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Janet said...

This looks amazing! I'm pretty sure I'd make my family's day if I made this for them.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Does this ever look fantastic! I love lemon desserts. Next time I have a big enough gather, I'd love to try this. The more lemon, the better, in my opinion :)

Jennifurla said...

This would truly pep me up, I am a little sick now - but my tastebuds would certainly taste this.

Kristen said...

I could just eat your photos they look so good. That slice of lemon cheesecake is calling out.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Delicious.....that's all I have to say.....absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the sweet comment on my blog!
blessings,
karianne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a luscious lemon cheesecake! I like the lemon curd topping and the beautiful whip cream edging. I'll definitely bookmark this recipe for a day I have company over for dinner.

Janae said...

OMGOSH YUUUUUUUUUUM!!!

Debbie said...

My mouth is watering; yummy! I love cheesecake but a lemon cheesecake sounds even better. Thank you for posting this one. It will be on my list of recipes I will try.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

Leann said...

Well if the name didn't get me the photos would've! that looks so wonderful!

Enjoy your weekend!
Leann

Natasha said...

I just LOVE lemon cheesecake!!!

so PINNING this!!!


Natasha xxx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Maggie Ann said...

Oh, all these goodies....makes my mouth water.~~ I'm so glad you could make out the 'cable' design. It was such a fun & quick scarf to make.

Jaime said...

I love lemon!!! I'd love for you to link this up at Wow Me Wednesday!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Lorraine, I may become a cheesecake lover after all. The curb appeal is over the top.

RoyalTLady said...

LDH,
I have missed so much! It's great to be back in the blog land but I play truant too much and I lacked all these updates.
I enjoy my visit to your amazing site... great pictures and great recipes...
thanks for sharing.

RTL Malaysia.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I have to say that I love every ingredient in this recipe!!! I can't wait to make it! Have a wonderful day!

Dayle said...

I'm a lemon freak, and I love anything with sour cream in it, or cream cheese. Sounds like a win-win.

Mimi said...

Everything a cheesecake should be!
Mimi

Garden of Egan said...

That looks divine!
I came over from Maple Lane and totally enjoyed wandering around here!
Beautiful blog.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh it sounds incredible.

Kimberly from "bugaboo" said...

Yum! It looks delicious! I'll have to try it out!

Desi said...

That's one beautiful cheesecake! I have a newfound love of lemon and will definitely be making this.

Winnie said...

Absolutely stunning looking cake!

WhyCuzICan said...

Not just double lemon but triple??!! GOODNESS SOUNDS YUM!

Thanks so much for sharing with all of us today :D

Visiting from Wow US Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,
~Smiles, Suzanne in NW IL

Erin said...

I really love lemon and I really, really love cheesecake. I'd love it if you stopped by my January Link-up to share this and any of your other great ideas. http://acraftycook.blogspot.com/2012/01/1-month-of-fun-january-link-up.html

Six Sisters said...

Loving this lemon cheesecake! Looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We would love to have you back next Saturday and share more of your recipes! -The Sisters

ImSoVintage said...

Why oh why did I have to choose now to give up sugar. I'll pass this on to my sugar eating friends, though. It looks yummy. I'm a happy new follower from Wow Us Wednesdays.
Laura
http://www.imsovintage.blogspot.com/

Paula said...

This looks so awesome! Definitely a must try! I'd love for you to come link up at our party also! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/01/five-minute-fudge-and-rhw-recipe-round.html

Jaime said...

Thanks for sharing, I featured you today!

Maria said...

This looks wonderful! Cheesecake is my favorite dessert, and I love your lemon spin on it!

Natasha said...

These have been featured on Serenity Saturday Link Party

Please feel free to grab an 'I've been featured button'

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Ciao Chow Linda said...

That looks simply luscious, especially the shot of the slice of cheesecake. I need a fork - quick!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks so much for sharing this yummy confection with us at WIW. I know that this is one that I will give a try. I have that recipe book, but knowing a "real person" can make it and love it, is endorsement enough for me! We hope to see you again next week.
Big hugs,
Patti

Shelley Dwelley said...

So yummy! Thanks so much for sharing. I did everything lime instead of lemon today for Father's day because my husband's and my father's favorite is Key Lime Pie. It was awesome! I even used your recipe and made homemade lime curd for the top. My family agrees this is one of the best cheesecakes I have made. :)

baileybakes said...

I made this recipe for Easter this year and everyone LOVED it!! My family couldn't get enough of it. It is now a family favorite. I didn't adapt the recipe in anyway and I used your lemon curd recipe on top. I re-posted your recipes on my blog, baileybakes.wordpress.com (giving you full credit, of course!). Thank you for posting this recipe!!

robhax said...

About how many servings will this feed. Thinking about making for my daughter's wedding. Thanks!

LilPinkGoblin said...

I made this cake this weekend, finding it on Pinterest and it was the best cheesecake I've ever made. I didn't change anything on the recipe except made a gluten free graham cracker crust. Perfection! Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer

Nancy C Griffith said...

Delicious! Made as is and was enjoyed by all.

Unknown said...

Just baked this...OMG, wonderful!!!

Paula Abraham said...

Nobody has asked, and I don't know if you still look for comments on this recipe, but I was wondering what you used for the white border on the cheesecake. Is it just a whipping cream or some other kind of frosting?

Paula Abraham said...

This looks so amazing! I can't wait to try it today, but I was wondering what you used for the white border. Is it a frosting or whipping cream type stuff or something else? I want mine to look just as tasty. If you still look at comments, please let me know. Thanks!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Hi Paula, I piped on whipped cream for just an added touch. Thanks for your comment as I should have mentioned it :)

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