28 Sep Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake
If it’s a light and fresh dessert you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. This deliciously lemony cheesecake makes a great ending to a heavy meal. The tartness of the lemon curd cuts through the richness of the creamy cheesecake leaving you wanting more with every bite!
If that hasn’t got your mouth watering then imagine the addition of a scrumptiously crunchy ginger biscuit crust. The result is the perfect combo of citrus and spice!
This cheesecake is really simple to make but needs to be prepared a few hours in advance. Or save yourself some time and make it the day before – the flavour actually improves if left to set overnight.
200g ginger biscuits
100g butter, melted
397g tin condensed milk
250g smooth cream cheese, softened
2 medium lemons
1 quantity of home-made Lemon Curd
- Crush the ginger biscuits into fine crumbs using a food processor (or place in a zip-lock bag and crush with a rolling pin).
- Mix in the melted butter, then press the mixture into a greased 20cm diameter springform tin or pie dish. Place the base in the freezer for at least 10 minutes to set.
- Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Finely grate the zest of the lemons, then beat into the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the condensed milk, then beat well.
- Finally add the juice of the lemons, mixing until smooth and glossy.
- Spread the mixture smoothly over the base, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Pour lemon curd over the cheese cake, tilting the tin to spread it over the whole surface, then refrigerate for at least another 2 hours. If the lemon curd is cold, slightly warm it by placing the jar in a bowl of warm water (but not too hot or the jar may crack), and give it a good stir. It should be liquid enough to pour.
To make a cute lemon twist garnish:
Slice the top and bottom ends off of a lemon. Use a knife to hollow out all of the flesh. Slice down the lemon longways so that you are left with one long piece of lemon peel. Make sure there are no bits of flesh left on the peel. Roll the peel up into a tight spiral, then slice into thin slices. Take the end of each piece and pull in the opposite direction to twist.