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August 4, 2017

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Tart, sweet, decadent Lemon Meringue Cheesecake !  So good - everyone will want the recipe !

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake is a creamy, tart, delectable dessert, perfect to serve for dessert, tea time treats and especially great when you have to take with a dessert to a family gathering.

A simple crust, easy filling, homemade Lemon Curd and all topped with a thin Meringue layer - what's not to love !

Lemon Cheesecake is one of my family's favorites and just about always a first request when I am out of ideas. But, as a food blogger, I also like to try out new (or sometimes decades old!) recipes for Lemon Cheesecakes.

I found this recipe for a Lemon Meringue Cheesecake in a leaflet from one of the Cheese brands I absolutely love, and knew immediately it will be a good one ! And it was .. is !

Tart, sweet, decadent Lemon Meringue Cheesecake !  So good - everyone will want the recipe !

Not sure whether I have a favorite part of the Cheesecake, as one, especially myself, usually would say the Cheesecake filling, or oh the Curd makes all the difference ! This Lemon Meringue Cheesecake just works with all the flavors combined in one bite - another reason I like lower Cheesecakes (see more below)


I baked this particular Cheesecake in a round pie dish (I have an unusual size dish, which is much bigger than the popular 20cm ( 8 inch ) dish), because I prefer Cheesecakes a little lower than the usual baked Cheesecakes where a springform pan is used.

As I know my non-standard dish is not easily available, I therefore recommend using a springform pan, unless you have a pie dish which is around 30cm ( 14 inch ) in diameter. The recipe and baking times remain the same.

Now, this Cheesecake might look like a lot of work but once you get started you will see it is not all that much. Only the layers which are prepared (and cooked / baked) in various stages take a little time. As with all baked Cheesecakes the cooling down period is always the worst, don't you agree ? It is pure agonizing having smelled the Cheesecake baking and then you have to wait for it to cool.

That being said, if you want to treat your family and friends with a decadent treat, this Lemon Meringue Cheesecake is just the sweet treat you are after !

NOTE: Decrease the Lemon Zest in the Filling and/or the Curd for a less tart Cheesecake if that is your preference. You could also use store-bought Lemon Curd, instead of the Homemade version below, of which you will need about one cup.

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake


12 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

200g Digestive Biscuits, finely crushed ( 7 oz )
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted

Filling:

500g Cream Cheese, plain, softened ( 16 oz )
1 cup Caster Sugar
2 TB Flour
3 Eggs, Extra Large
1 cup Sour Cream, room temperature
1/2 cup Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
2 Lemons, zest only - finely grated

Lemon Curd:

1 cup Caster Sugar
1/2 cup Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
1 Lemon, zest only - finely grated
1/4 cup Unsalted Butter
1 Egg, Extra-Large PLUS 2 Egg-Yolks, beaten together in a small bowl (use leftover Yolks from Meringue)

Meringue:

2 Eggs, Extra-Large - Egg WHITES Only (use leftover from Curd)
1 cup Caster Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg c (350 deg F) - spray a 20cm ( 8 inch ) springform pan with cooking oil.
2.) Crust: Combine the crushed Biscuits and melted Butter - press onto base and up the sides of the prepared pan - bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and leave to cool.
3.) Filling: Increase the oven heat to 230 deg C (440 deg F) - Beat the Cream Cheese and Caster Sugar until creamy - Sift in the Flour and mix through - Add the Eggs one at a time, beating after each addition - Add the Sour Cream, Lemon Juice and Zest - beat until smooth.
4.) Pour Filling into the baked, cooled crust - Bake 10 minutes - turn temperature down to 110 deg C (230 deg F) - bake a further 30 minutes - switch off the oven and let cool in oven for at least 2 hours.
5.) Curd: Combine the Caster Sugar, Lemon Juice, Zest and Butter in a small saucepan over medium heat - once the Sugar and Butter has dissolved - add tablespoonfuls of the warm mixture to the beaten Eggs - stir after each addition (about 3 - 4 spoonfuls) - pour the heated Egg mixture into the saucepan and return to the stove plate (low heat) - stir until Curd thickens and sticks to the back of the spoon (Do not let the Curd boil) - remove from heat and leave to cool completely.
6.) As soon as the baked Cheesecake and the Curd have cooled completely, (turn the Cheesecake out onto a serving plate), spread the Curd over the Cheesecake filling.
7.) Meringue: Whip together the Egg Whites and the Caster Sugar until stiff - spread over the Curd - place under the oven roasting grill (or brown with a kitchen blow torch), until nicely browned.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Tart, sweet, decadent Lemon Meringue Cheesecake !  So good - everyone will want the recipe !

LINDA
Linking up with: Weekend Potluck - The Country Cook

Tart, sweet, decadent Lemon Meringue Cheesecake !  So good - everyone will want the recipe !

10 comments:

  1. Now there's a combination of two of my favorite desserts - Lemon meringue pie and cheesecake. Sounds so yum!

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  2. I really love anything with lemon but the combination of lemon meringue pie and cheesecake sounds absolutely wonderful. This dessert would be a huge hit with my family. Will be making it soon.

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  3. I adore LEMON everything. Lemon Meringue pie is one of my favourites, and combining it into a cheesecake is awesome. Two delicious desserts combined into one.

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  4. This is totally yummmm and a perfect summer dessert. The recipe looks so easy to make and will be awesome to share with friends n family. Love the pictures too.

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  5. I love lemon everything. These dessert is everything and then some! I love the photos and I am drooling over my keyboard. Pie and cheesecake = creamy heaven in my opinion!!

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  6. OMG...you just combined two of my daughters favorite desserts into one delicious heaven!

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  7. So I have had lemon meringue cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory and it is delicious but when I tried making it at home I totally failed! I'm abysmal at making cheesecakes but your recipe looks so perfect and straightforward that I think I need to give it another try!

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  8. I seriously feel like I could lick the meringue off the screen every time I see the pictures! I've always thought cheesecakes were super long to make to but I'm seeing your results and it's pushing me to try! Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. the combination of the best in the two worlds, cheese cale and lemon meringue. Love this idea I wish I coudl have a slice.

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  10. These are delicious summery with lemon and meringue. I would like to have a slice perfect for get together.

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