Cathy's Cheesecake

Cathy's Cheesecake


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About this recipe: I love this cheesecake recipe. It's the only one I've found with a shortcrust pastry. This takes a bit of effort, but is well worth the time.


Serves: 12 

  • 125g sifted plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 110g butter
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 550g cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Extra time:3hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr40min 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
  2. To make the shortcrust base: Combine 125g of the flour, 4 tablespoons of the sugar and 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the beaten egg yolk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Pat 1/3 of the mixture into the bottom of one 23cm springform cake tin with the sides removed. Bake at 200 C / Gas 6 for 6 minutes. Let cool then butter sides of tin and attach to bottom. Pat the remaining mixture evenly on the sides to a height of 5cm.
  3. To make the filling: Preheat oven to 260 C / Gas 9. Stir cream cheese to soften, then beat until fluffy add 1/8 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest.
  4. Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt and the remaining sugar together. Gradually blend this mixture into the cream cheese mixture. Add the eggs and the egg yolk one at a time, beating well after each one. Gently stir in the double cream. Pour mixture over the prepared base.
  5. Bake at in the preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until top edge of crust is golden. Reduce heat to 100 C / Gas 1/4 and continue baking for 1 hour. Remove cake from oven and cool in tin for at least 3 hours. Remove sides of tin to serve.

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