- Difficulty: Average
- Prep time: 40 min
- Cook time: 6 min
- Serving: 6 people
- Cost: Low
- Note + 5 hours in the refrigerator to firm up
A summer dessert to end a meal? A delicious lemon cheesecake! Of course after a sumptuous lunch it will undoubtedly be more filling than a "sgroppino", the Veneto liquor sorbet, but it will still be fresher than a classic cheesecake: its refined lemon flavor will leave a pleasant sensation in your mouth and your guests will cherish pleasant memories of an evening in your company! Lemon cheesecake is also a perfect dessert for whenever you treat yourself to a break on those sunny early April afternoons or hot summer days, with its crunchy cookie base and velvety cream cheese flavored with lemon. The captivating yellow color of the surface, made using a pinch of turmeric, adds a real touch of glamor, drawing everyone's attention to the cheesecake! This dessert isn't too sweet and will win over even the most refined of palates! Follow the recipe step by step to make this lemon cheesecake... success will be guaranteed and we are sure it will become your forte!
- For the filling
- Lemon juice ½ cup (100 g)
- Gelatin ⅓ oz (10 g)
- Powdered sugar 1 ⅓ cup (150 g)
- Cow's milk ricotta cheese 1 lb (500 g)
- Lemon peel 2
- Cream cheese 1 cup (250 g)
- Heavy cream ½ cup (100 g)
- for the coating
- Sugar ½ cup (80 g)
- Lemon juice ⅓ cup (60 g)
- Powdered turmeric ¼ tsp
- Cornstarch 1 ½ tsp (15 g)
- Water ½ cup (100 g)
How to prepare Lemon cheesecake
To prepare lemon cheesecake, start with the base: place the cookies inside a mixer 1 and blend them into crumbs 2. Now place them inside a large bowl and add the previously melted butter 3.
Stir with a spoon to obtain a smooth mixture 4. Now line an 8" cake spring mold (best to use acetate sheets for the edge) and create the cheesecake base with the biscuit mix, by delicately pressing it down with the back of a spoon 5. Leave the base in the refrigerator to firm up, for around 30 minutes. In the meantime, make the cream. Soak the gelatine in cold water for around 10 minutes 6.
Squeeze the lemons 7 and filter the juice 8. Place the ricotta and cream cheese in a bowl 9 and whisk.
Add the grated lemon zest 10. Stir some more, add the icing sugar 11 and lemon juice 12, stirring all the while.
Now heat the cream in a saucepan and remove from the heat just before it boils; wring out the gelatine and without returning the pan to the stove, add it to the hot cream 13, stir quickly until fully dissolved. Leave to cool, then gradually add the cheese mixture 14, stir until thoroughly incorporated 15.
Pour onto the solidified cookie base 16, smooth the surface with a spatula 17 and leave in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, to firm up. Prepare the glaze just before the 2 hours are up: place the water and sugar in a saucepan 18.
Add the filtered lemon juice 19 and cornstarch 20. Now beat with a whisk and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat once it boils, add the turmeric 21 and stir to dissolve it.
Leave to cool 22, then pour the glaze over the cheesecake 23 and return to the refrigerator for at least another 2 hours to firm up. To decorate, cut the lemon into slices 24.
Place the water 25 and sugar 26 in a saucepan, bring to a boil, remove from the heat and pour the syrup over the lemon slices 27.
Leave to infuse 28 until you are ready to decorate the dessert. Once cooled, remove the cake from the mold and decorate with the lemon slices 29 and mint leaves 30.
Lemon cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It can be frozen, perhaps divide it into portions and defrost as many slices as you need.
Prepare lemon cheesecake one day ahead so that it is the right consistency when served!