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Lemon Curd Cheesecake

This lemon cheesecake topped with lemon curd and whipped cream rosettes is as luxurious as it is delicious.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon cheesecake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 583kcal


  • 200g/1 ¾ cup digestive biscuits (UK)/graham crackers (US) crushed
  • 80g/1/4 cup butter melted
  • 750g/24oz cream cheese such as Philadelphia full fat
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200g/1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp semolina or all purpose flour
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

For the topping

  • 250ml/1 cup lemon curd
  • 250ml/1 cup double/whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 4-5 mint leaves for decoration optional
  • 5-6 lemon slices for decoration


  • Preheat your oven to 160 C/325F. Zest and juice the lemon and set aside. Crush the digestive biscuits or graham crackers, then mix the crumbs with the melted butter. Line the bottom of a 21cm/9 inch springform pan with the crumb mixture, press in with a spoon and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, set aside and cool.
  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Mix cream cheese, egg yolks, sugar, semolina or flour, lemon juice and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended. In a separate bowl whip egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the cheese mixture together with lemon zest.
  • Pour the mixture into your springform pan, then wrap the bottom of your springform pan with a layer of aluminium foil to prevent water getting in. Set it inside a larger roasting pan filled with 1 inch of water.
  • Bake at 320 F/160C  for 60-65 minutes until the edges are lightly browned and the centre is nearly set. Turn the heat off and leave it in the oven for additional 20-30 minutes. Then open the door of your oven and allow the oven come to room temperature with the cheesecake inside to prevent the top from cracking.( If your cheesecake still cracks, don’t worry, you will cover it with the lemon curd later.) Cool the cheesecake completely in the refrigerator overnight.

To Decorate

  • The following day take the cheesecake out of the fridge, run a knife along the sides of the springform pan to release the cheesecake, then take it out of the pan. Make sure the lemon curd is spreadable consistency. If it's too stiff, put it in a microwave for 20-30 seconds, then whisk with a wire whisk.
  • Slice the lemon very thinly. Whip the double or whipping cream with icing sugar until stiff peaks form, then load it up in a piping bag fitted with your favourite tip. Spread the lemon curd on the surface of the cheesecake, then pipe the rosettes and decorate with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.


Calories: 583kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 414mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 1374IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg