Lemon quark cheesecake

Lemon quark cheesecake

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling


Serves 8
This light and luscious lemon cheesecake tastes as good as it looks

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal279
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre0g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.59g
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  • 80g digestive biscuit
  • 50g melted butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g light soft cheese
  • 500g Quark



    This is a soft, smooth curd cheese with a refreshingly light acidity. It ranges from low-fat…

  • 200g icing sugar
  • zest 2 lemons, juice of 3



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 4 gelatine sheets



    A colourless, tasteless and odourless setting agent made from the boiled bones, skins and…


  1. Crush the digestive biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Press into the base of a 20cm springform tin. Chill to firm.

  2. Whisk the light soft cheese with the quark and icing sugar, then fold through zest 2 lemons.

  3. Soak the gelatine sheets in cold water, then melt in the juice 3 lemons over a low heat. Beat into the cheese mix, then spoon on top of the biscuit base. Chill until set.

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Comments (55)

dawnjames's picture

amazing receipe.. have tried it using the lemons as this receipe and also using oranges and limes separately.. the lemon and the lime variation are the best. i have also used a lite butter as the cheesecake is so moorish i just cannot stop at one piece.. but the scales dont mind so much as its quite low fat :-) As with all the cheesecakes i make i always use more biscuit base. Well recommended!

emmaesinfield's picture

I have made this for a second time and this time I blobbed in spoonfuls of my home made lemon curd. It looks very pretty when you swirl the lemon curd around with a knife once the cheesecake is in the tin.

gregorandclaire's picture

can someone tell me what is on top of the cheesecake in the picture?

lolixnyafuun's picture

how tall is this cake?? (using a 20cm diameter tin)

krissurn's picture

Jesss - no, not really. Then its going to be a dessert. But you can try - and let us know.
bryan - quark can be found also in Lidl and Aldi.

jessss's picture

is it possible to leave out the gelatine?

dopeyangel's picture

Really good cheesecake - I'm on Weight Watchers and made this as a treat that I could also eat! Tasted lovely, really fresh but surprisingly creamy. Used reduced fat digestives for the base and gelatine powder sachets (instead of leaves as they are much cheaper - 1 sachet was enough stirred into the hot lemon juice rather than melting the leaves). My fella and his mates loved it too so an all round winner.

elizabethgodfrey's picture

Quark is virtually fat free and I buy it from Tesco and Morrisons. You find it next to cottage cheese. It is not lumpy like cottage cheese but has more of a thick cream cheese texture. It's wonderful stuff.

suzannedorgan's picture

Bryan, Quark is a type of cottage cheese but with a much lower fat content and no added salt so it is low fat...well, lower than the norm! I haven't looked for it here (in Dublin) but i am sure it can be found in the regular supermarkets. Can anyone help here?

nicolaj986's picture

This was really easy and quick to make (albeit it really needs to chill overnight). I presented to my family after Sunday dinner and they loved it. My "only like chocolate desserts" boyfriend thought it was amazing - now that's saying something !

It has a fresh, light taste which is really yummy.
My discovery of Quark I've througholy enjoyed !

It's a good quality dessert which I am making again this weekend for when friend are round.

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taxibryan's picture

what is Quark ?

brendacondie's picture

Delicious, light, low fat cheesecake. Ideal for those watching their weight. It tastes fresh and moreish. I made it for myself and daughter as an alternative to the calorific dessert the rest of the family were having, but they all wanted it too! I will make regularly and easy to vary by using orange, mango or passion fruit instead of lemon.


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