New York Cheesecake

New York Cheesecake

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Takes 1 hr 30 plus 2 hours cooling + chilling


Serves 12

This authentic creamy dessert will add a taste of New York to any dining table

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per slice (of 12)

  • kcal549
  • fat41g
  • saturates24g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre1g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.04g
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    For the crust

    • 85g butter melted, plus extra for tin



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

    • 140g digestive biscuit, made into fine crumbs
    • 1 tbsp sugar, granulated or golden caster



      Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

    For the cheesecake filling

    • 3 x 300g/11oz pack Philadelphia cheese, or other full-fat soft cheese
    • 250g golden caster sugar
    • 3 tbsp plain flour
    • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
    • finely grated zest of 1 lemon (about 2 tsp)



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

    • 1½ tsp lemon juice
    • 3 large egg, plus 1 yolk
    • 284ml carton soured cream

    For the soured cream topping

    • 142ml carton soured cream
    • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
    • 2 tsp lemon juice


    1. Position an oven shelf in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Line the base of a 23cm springform cake tin with parchment paper. For the crust, melt the butter in a medium pan. Stir in the biscuit crumbs and sugar so the mixture is evenly moistened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the filling.

    2. For the filling, increase the oven temperature to fan 200C/conventional 240C/gas 9. In a table top mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the soft cheese at medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes. With the mixer on low, gradually add the sugar, then the flour and a pinch of salt, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the paddle twice.

    3. Swap the paddle attachment for the whisk. Continue by adding the vanilla, lemon zest and juice. Whisk in the eggs and yolk, one at a time, scraping the bowl and whisk at least twice. Stir the 284ml carton of soured cream until smooth, then measure 200ml/7fl oz (just over 3⁄4 of the carton). Continue on low speed as you add the measured soured cream (reserve the rest). Whisk to blend, but don't over-beat. The batter should be smooth, light and somewhat airy.

    4. Brush the sides of the springform tin with melted butter and put on a baking sheet. Pour in the filling - if there are any lumps, sink them using a knife - the top should be as smooth as possible. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to fan 90C/conventional 110C/gas 1⁄4 and bake for 25 minutes more. If you gently shake the tin, the filling should have a slight wobble. Turn off the oven and open the oven door for a cheesecake that's creamy in the centre, or leave it closed if you prefer a drier texture. Let cool in the oven for 2 hours. The cheesecake may get a slight crack on top as it cools.

    5. Combine the reserved soured cream with the 142ml carton, the sugar and lemon juice for the topping. Spread over the cheesecake right to the edges. Cover loosely with foil and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.

    6. Run a round-bladed knife around the sides of the tin to loosen any stuck edges. Unlock the side, slide the cheesecake off the bottom of the tin onto a plate, then slide the parchment paper out from underneath.

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    Comments (425)

    mylerk's picture

    I did a low cal version of this cheesecake. I basically cut the whole recipe by 1/3 (so not as deep as the one in the pic and only served about 8) and replaced the biscuits with light digestives, the cream cheese with extra low fat cream cheese, and the sour cream with low fat creme fraiche. i used slightly less sugar and low fat marg in the base and no extra sugar. instead of the sour cream topping i did a lemon curd one (just melted lemon curd down a bit with some extra lemon juice and poured over the top).

    I wasn't sure how well this would turn out but it was excellent! really creamy but light and fluffy too - and the lemon curd topping gave it a real tang. i've not tried the recipe as written but if the low fat version is this good i see no reason to!

    original recipe: 549 cals per slice
    low fat version: 207 cals per slice (not inc. lemon curd topping)

    paganini's picture

    Best cheesecake recipe ever. Was told by guest at BBQ it was made for that restaurants regularly charge at least £4 a slice for something similar, but not so good (as he polished off his third slice!). Deceptively light and nicely lemony. Definitely added to repertoire.

    kimglanville's picture

    I cannot comment on taste -but just want to say to anyone who is about to make this cheesecake that the 1.5 hours and 2 hours cooking and chilling time is not correct as stated at the top of this page.

    I had prepared and put in the oven my cheesecake, although, reading on, noticed that it then mentioned a further 8 hours cooling in the fridge - time I had not anticipated when I have made this for a dinner today! Needless to say, I've had to purchase one now, and the cheesecake currently in the oven, will have to be used for another day!

    Moral of the story - Don't believe everything you read and make sure you scroll down the entire page and read the full method before starting!

    hollywoozle's picture

    This cheesecake is the best ever but I always leave off the soured cream topping as it is unnecessary! Try using chocolate digestives instead of plain. :)

    oleary_michelle's picture

    This is the best cheesecake recipe I have ever made!!! Its is Yummy, went down a treat with friends!!! Made it twice now and added more lemon juice & zest the second time and it was divine!!!!

    lilianlens's picture

    We loved this cheesecake. Added just a little more lemon juice and zest. Put fresh strawberries on top of the second one I made.

    patricksmith's picture

    Brilliant. Great flavour, but less firm than I anticipated.

    claireatkinson's picture

    Delicious. Perfect in everyway. I doubled up on the biscuit base (without changing the quantity of butter) and skipped the topping, instead serving with fresh strawberries and vanilla icecream. I have made it a few times now and people can never quite believe that it is not shop bought!

    vivaves's picture

    A fantastic cheesecake recipe - works perfectly! Next time I make it I'll leave out the lemon zest which for me makes it a little too my mind, a good NY cheesecake should be vanilla.

    marianunney's picture

    I'm not a cheesecake fan nor is my husband but we both loved it. Yum, yum.

    vickstar's picture

    Loved it the was really will make again.

    diamonds's picture

    My husband is a huge cheesecake lover, and having travelled to the USA on many occasions, sampling cheescakes as he goes, reckons he is quite an expert! This recipe however not only competes with the best, but possibly tops the lot! I have made it on many occasions, offering various toppings or just as it comes. A huge hit every time. 5 gold stars !!!

    gervais's picture

    Quite simply, deliciously decadent and divine. I have made this many times and it always receives high praise. You wont find it on the weight watchers list of recipes

    gervais's picture

    Quite simply, deliciously decadent and divine. I have made this many times and it always receives high praise. You wont find it on the weight watchers list of recipes

    hawesb's picture

    Three desserts on offer at my recent party and this was the one everyone selected. I ended up rationing. I should have made two!

    melanie_manuel's picture

    This was a really fantastic recipe. I'm lactose intolerant so i used Tofutti soy cream cheese with a chocolate biscuit base and followed the receipt and it turned out great! No one noticed the difference. Absolutley fantastic!

    tlereya's picture

    i have made this yesterday and I still can not believe how yummy this was!!! Great Recipe and very easy to make!!

    marksam's picture

    have made many chessecakes but this is the best. Well worth the effort!

    rich1e's picture

    What a stunning result! Couldn't fault it though it did require longer to cook than was suggested. Eaten with fresh raspberries, it went down a treat :)

    biggestdave's picture

    This is not cheap to make, but is oh so good!
    Personally i would lean towards the longer cooking times mentioned, i did and still produced a very creamy cake.
    It freezes well also.

    If there were more stars it would be getting them!


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