Lemony cheesecake with soured cream topping

    2 hours 55 min

    This cheesecake has a citrusy flavour and is topped with a not-too-sweet soured cream layer. This isn't cloyingly sweet, making it the perfect light and refreshing pud for summer.

    13 people made this

    Serves: 16 

    • 2 (23cm) prepared digestive biscuit bases
    • 450g cream cheese
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 475ml soured cream
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Extra time:2hr cooling  ›  Ready in:2hr55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Mix together the cream cheese, lemon zest and vanilla until smooth. Stir in 100g sugar, then beat in the eggs one at a time until blended.
    3. Pour the cheesecake mixture evenly over the two digestive biscuit bases. Shake gently to settle the filling, then bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the cheesecakes, but do not turn off the oven. Allow cheesecakes to cool before topping.
    4. For the soured cream topping: Whisk together the soured cream, 100g sugar and vanilla until blended. Distribute the topping mixture over the two cooled cheesecakes. Bake cheesecakes in the oven at 180 C / Gas 4 for an additional 10 minutes. Cool completely, then refrigerate until serving.

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    I made this for the Thanksgiving dinner that I cooked for my husband's coworkers and it was such a hit that I still get requests for it every time I run into them! As easy as it is, I can whip it up in no time, but to them, it seems like I went to a lot of trouble. Thank you so much for this recipe!  -  20 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this late last night before collapsing in bed. I cut it in half only to make one pie but I kept everything else the same. I plan on topping it with the Supreme Strawberry Topping also from this site. I'll update my review after we try this dessert. EDITED: Pretty good. I liked the sour cream against the cheesecake filling, only it was a little rich. I'd make this again. The Supreme Strawberry Topping from this site really took it over the top.  -  25 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an awesome recipe! Great dessert for taking when invited to a friends for dinner. Who doesn't love cheesecake? And it is very easy! Thanks for sharing Tony, this will be in my files forever!  -  26 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)