Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with Lemon Zest

    1 hour 25 minutes

    This is a sweet and creamy cheesecake with the added tang of lemon zest and a sour cream topping. It is luscious.

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    Serves: 16 

    • 2 (150g) sweet shortcrust pastry flan cases
    • 500g cream cheese
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 cups (500g) sour cream
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:30min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hour25min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Mix together the cream cheese, lemon zest and vanilla until smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar then beat in the eggs one at a time until blended.
    3. Pour the cheesecake mixture into the pastry cases, being careful to distribute it evenly. Shake the pans gently to settle the batter then bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the cheesecakes, but do not turn off the oven. Allow cheesecakes to cool before topping.
    4. For the sour cream topping: Whisk together the sour cream, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla until blended. Distribute the topping mixture over the two cooled cheesecakes. Bake cheesecakes in the oven for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely, then refrigerate until serving.

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    I made this for the Thanksgiving dinner that I cooked for my husband's coworkers and it was such a hit that I still get requests for it every time I run into them! As easy as it is, I can whip it up in no time, but to them, it seems like I went to a lot of trouble. Thank you so much for this recipe!  -  20 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this late last night before collapsing in bed. I cut it in half only to make one pie but I kept everything else the same. I plan on topping it with the Supreme Strawberry Topping also from this site. I'll update my review after we try this dessert. EDITED: Pretty good. I liked the sour cream against the cheesecake filling, only it was a little rich. I'd make this again. The Supreme Strawberry Topping from this site really took it over the top.  -  25 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is an awesome recipe! Great dessert for taking when invited to a friends for dinner. Who doesn't love cheesecake? And it is very easy! Thanks for sharing Tony, this will be in my files forever!  -  26 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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