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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    kevin ehren's picture
    kevin ehren
    29th May, 2018
    Forgot to mention. The cooking times for me worked out perfectly in a 23cm tin as suggested in instructions. Slight wobble at end of cooking time and NO cracks when cooled or removed from the tine. The cracks are easy to avoid. Ask and I will tell.
    kevin ehren's picture
    kevin ehren
    29th May, 2018
    Very poor recipe. If you following ingredient = 140g Digestive biscuits to 85g butter you end up with a butter sodden base that is totally soggy. A cheesecake base should be firm/crisp not a biscuit sponge that is drenched in butter. Should be more like 200g Digestive biscuits and 85g butter. Bear this in mind if you want to make this otherwise perfectly topped biscuit base dessert.
    20th Feb, 2018
    Tastes nice but as mentioned already not enough biscuit base and cooking times are completely inadequate Very disappointing
    31st Dec, 2017
    The recipe is lovely - it tastes great but I have real trouble with the baking time, the depth of the biscuit base and getting it out the tin in one piece. I have doubled the biscuits for the base and after a complete disaster on Christmas day, kept the oven door closed for the two hour cool down period. Despite this I still managed to split it getting it from the tin to the plate.
    22nd Jan, 2018
    I always use a piece of parchment paper over the bottom before attaching the ring. If it's cold enough I fold the paper slightly under one side before transferring to my cake stand and than very careful pull the paper(still double, i'm pulling the paper I folded under). it always turns out beautiful.
    Kate Walker's picture
    Kate Walker
    31st Dec, 2017
    I’ve never made cheesecake before, however this came out really well! It was perfectly flat and smooth. It went down a storm with my family. I agree with some of the other comments, it could do with a bit more biscuit base and I baked it for approx 15-20mins longer than the recipe said. I did get a little bit of leakage which did make the biscuit base go slightly soggy while chilling as others said but it wasn’t a huge problem. The bit with the sour cream was slightly confusing but if you read the recipe properly it does clearly tell you to only add 200mls of sour cream in the filling and reserve the rest.
    Pasu Lo's picture
    Pasu Lo
    1st Jan, 2018
    This comment sums up the problem I had with the recipe as well. 1. The baking time of 10mins is hugely insufficient for the 18cm (recipe is for 23cm) cheesecake I tried. The center of the cake was not solidify. However, when I tried the batter on a 10cm cake, the baking time worked out perfectly. 2. Biscuit base is way too thin and needs to be doubled. The current amount is insufficient from my guests' comment. 3. Extra note, the lemon zest tends to stick to the mixer blade and also sink to the bottom of the batter quickly. Make sure the bottom of the batter manages to be included in the cake before entering oven.
    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
    Chef Kevin Ashton's picture
    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.


    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!
    goodfoodteam's picture
    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
    goodfoodteam's picture
    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....


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    Alexandra Fulger
    9th Feb, 2018
    I loved this recipe! Very easy to make and delicious! I followed it exactly and was very pleased with the result. I found the quantity of digestive biscuits was fine, and the base was not too thin. I used a detachable bottom baking tray and put baking paper on the bottom. I did not use the extra soured cream but as it did crack I have covered it with Bonne Mamman wild blueberry jam.
    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! :)