Luscious lemon baked cheesecake

Luscious lemon baked cheesecake

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(122 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins Plus chilling


Cuts into 10 slices

A simple but very impressive pud, light enough to have a slice to finish a big meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen baked but undecorated

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal705
  • fat57g
  • saturates34g
  • carbs43g
  • sugars25g
  • fibre0g
  • protein7g
  • salt1.08g
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  • 225g digestive biscuit
  • 100g butter, melted



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

  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 600g soft cheese
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 yolks



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • zest 3 lemons, juice of 1



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

  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 175g caster sugar

For the topping

  • ½ a 284ml pot soured cream
  • 3 tbsp lemon curd
  • handful raspberries, to serve (optional)



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line the bottom of a 23cm springform tin with greaseproof paper. Tip the biscuits and melted butter into a food processor, then blitz to make fine crumbs. Press into the tin and chill.

  2. Whisk all the other ingredients in a large bowl until completely combined, pour into the tin, then bake for 35-40 mins until the cheesecake has a uniform wobble.

  3. Turn off the oven and leave the cake inside until cool. When it is completely cooled, remove from the tin and top with soured cream. Swirl lemon curd over the top and decorate with raspberries, if you like.

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2nd Feb, 2014
Hope you don't mind my asking but how do you stop it from cracking. I read all the comments (looking for tips) tried yours by using ginger nuts with extra zest and juice. Left the cheesecake in the over to cool down BUT have still ended up with a great big crack down the middle, any idea what to do next time to prevent the crack??
8th Feb, 2014
This happened to me too the first few times but from reading other comments I found that by just switching the oven off, once cooked, the slower cooling process seemed to stop it cracking. I guess it's the rapid temp change which may cause the cracking. Good luck!
14th Dec, 2013
An easy and quick recipe for a crowd that makes the cook look good! I made it for 25 people and there was a scuffle for seconds. Substituting ginger nut biscuits for the digestives complimented the lemon flavours nicely. Just make sure you wash the lemons well before grating and leave the finished cheesecake in the oven if you don't want a large crack down the middle.
5th Dec, 2013
This was delicious! My OH did not like cheesecake until he tasted this and now asks for seconds! I followed others suggestions and added more lemon my opinion the extra lemon balanced out the creaminess perfectly. Will definitely be making again.
12th Nov, 2013
Wow amazing! I very loved and liked your site so much. I just crossed here and I got interested with this. Good job! Also I enjoyed reading the comments posted here. I had a great time. Thanks.
6th Oct, 2013
I made this cheesecake last year. It went down a great treat. I have tried other recipes of this from different sites, but her indoors says that this recipe is the best, so will be making it again soon. I did put lemon curd on top then chilled it and just before serving I sprinkled icing sugar on top and decorated it with a couple of mint leaves.
9th Aug, 2013
very nice cheesecake - i didnt bother with the sour cream and lemon curd on top last time but i mite try it for this sunday... i just decorated with raspberry coulis (homemade) and shavings of white chocolate. ive just noticed it can be frozen, thats very handy to know!! thanks
7th Dec, 2013
I've made this cheesecake before and thought it could be frozen but I can't see where it tells you that - can you help
15th May, 2013
I added fresh ginger to the base mix and thought it could do with a lil more lemonfor our tastes next time other than that a first class recipe ty!
20th Apr, 2013
Needs much much more lemon - I used 4 lemon zest and 2 lemon juice, and still was not enough! quite indulgent, so only need tiny slice. Best recipe for lemon or lime pud is biscuit base as normal with can condensed milk 1/2 pt double cream whisk with electric whisk and when lemon or lime juice added- it will thicken. Delicious and only takes 5-10 mins to make!


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