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 eggs, 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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    12th Nov, 2017
    I adapted this recipe, used gluten free biscuits, and swapped the flour for 1/2 the amount of cornflour. I also added an extra egg, as cornflour has no gluten. Using 4 medium eggs. It made a great gluten free desert for my friend
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    Chef Kevin Ashton
    9th Nov, 2017
    I'm sorry but authentic New York Cheesecakes have a pastry base, not digestive biscuit base. In America (a place I lived and worked in for 13 years) there is no such thing as digestive biscuits, the closest similar biscuits are Graham Crackers. The general rule of thumb is no cook cheesecakes get a biscuit base and baked cheesecakes get a pastry base. You can look mine up if you want a real Baked Cheesecake.
    9th Oct, 2017
    Soggy bottom. Followed the recipe, even noted the sour cream confusion others had experienced. It did set to a delicate wobble in the oven, but on refrigerating continued to weep clear, yellow,sweet, oily stuff out the bottom of the tin. Subsequently the biscuit base was soggy. Tasted ok but not that visually attractive so won't do this one again.
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    Berry Crumble
    7th Sep, 2017
    Made this plenty of times now, only ever fails when I use a different oven! Other than my mistakes a perfect recipe. Highly recommend.
    4th Sep, 2017
    I read the comments before attempting my first try and I adapted the recipe accordingly; I did not bake the biscuit base prior to cooking, I also doubled the amount of biscuits in the base and it took more or less double the cooking time. Make sure to read the steps and comments before baking... Overall the cheesecake turned out to be delicious, especially with that lemony tang!!
    25th Aug, 2017
    I've been baking this cheesecake for at least 8 years now. Was never disappointed! The most creamiest & delicious baked cheesecake ever! For those people with bad experience! Please read...''How to make it'' steps first & carefully! Happy baking!
    15th Apr, 2017
    I've been using this recipe for years and it's by far the best one taste wise. Yes the cooking time as stated isn't right but I've adapted it to suit my taste and oven. I double the base and cooking time and it's perfect. I don't have a paddle mix so do it all by hand. Warning to be careful with the sour cream. It's 200ml at first not 284ml, instructions are misleading. I did it wrong the first time as I misread it and stirred in 284ml of sour cream. Making another one tomorrow.
    25th Mar, 2017
    Wholly inadequate cooking time, which should be roughly doubled...and base mixture amount (which should be frankly doubled). As a frequent baker, and subscriber to good food recipes i had utter faith in this recipe as a majority of other recipes are super. This however is not!!!
    12th Feb, 2017
    It's the second time that I use this recipe. I reduced it to 0.6 portion as I just want to buy two boxes of Philadelphia cheese. Success as the first one. Didn't intend to comment but saw the first (latest) comment and think it's really not fair to say that.
    28th Jan, 2017
    Now, I am not a great dessert maker, but this has got to be the worst cheesecake recipe ever. There are a number of problems with it. The instructions as they are will lead to over whisk it. For example, why put eggs right at the end when you would have whisking the cream for some time. The cooking time is woefully inadequate- I left it in the oven at 110 for about three times longer than it should have been and it was still wobbling a lot. This is an oven that normally overcooks food of all description. I then turned off the oven left it in for 2 hours and the chilled it overnight. Aftet this the centre of the cheesecake was pretty much how it was before I placed it! As many people have mentioned before, some of the instructions are hard to follow. Baking is an investment in money, time and labour and with this cheesecake I have had a very poor return. I recommend to any one who comes across this recipe to immediately ignore it and go to another website. Very poor result indeed!


    10th Mar, 2016
    I note the recipe says this is freezable. Can it be freezed as soon as it's been baked and cooled? I love this recipe but as there are only 2 of us, it's too large!
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    20th May, 2016
    It is best to freeze this once it is fully chilled either in quarters, or individual slices.
    2nd Dec, 2015
    Hallo, I tried your recipe and followed your instructions, after 8 hours in the fridge, the inside is very very creamy. Is it possible to put it again in the oven so that it dries more?
    10th Mar, 2016
    I found that it was better after 48 hours in the fridge - much firmer
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    14th Dec, 2015
    If it has already gone cold, it probably isn't a good idea to re-bake it, but you could freeze it then serve it semi frozen.
    12th Nov, 2015
    Could you amend the recipe to list 200ml of sour cream stirred until smooth, under filling and then simply state the total amount of sour cream required for the topping? I had a 500g tub, pour out 280ml, stirred that through then added another 200ml, slowly, with the beater running! I've only just realised my mistake now that I have no cream left for the topping, (which I couldn't understand as I was sure I'd bought he correct amount after reading the ingredients and making my shopping list). Thankfully it looks ok. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it tastes ok and has firmed up in time for our party.
    30th Sep, 2015
    if i want to use 6 inch springform, can i ask for the recipes adjusment?
    28th Aug, 2015
    I made this for the first time yesterday but sadly the cheesecake was completely gooey and watery in the center. Completely inedible. As far as I am aware I followed the recipe exactly. Any advice for when I try again next time?
    19th Jul, 2015
    I've made this a few times, always perfect...this time it went wrong...dropping and soggy in the middle.. Is it because my oven doesn't go down to 9O degrees or because I used low fat sourcream by mistake
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    Sharon Feng
    6th May, 2015
    I saw the 3 tbsp flour as 3 teaspoon, and I have cooked it in the oven. Now it is on the cooling step. Hope everything will be fine....


    7th May, 2016
    This recipe is great! I amended the ingredients though. I used 350g biscuits, a 385g tin of sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar, 250ml sour cream (to mix in), avoided the lemon and mixed in all the ingredients together (whisked by hand as I prefer feeling the texture). I baked as follows and the cheesecake was superb - no cracks, moist and just right. I also replaced the topping with a lime curd I had made a couple hours earlier - the sweet and sour really compliment each other without being too overpowering. PS this was my first attempt ever making a cheesecake. Just a tip I use while baking cakes or cupcakes. If you want a light airy cake substitute butter with oil even if your recipe states butter. If you want a more dense and heavy cake use butter! :)