Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge Triple Lemon Cheesecake

Its time again for the Crazy Cooking Challenge. I cant believe that its already time again the months just seem to fly by. And by the time I realized what day it was I only had three days left to finish my challenge but I got it done and could not sit this one out. Its one of my family's favorite desserts. This month we were set out to find the best cheesecake and share it with the world :) I had so many to choose from and they all looked so good. I am a huge cheesecake fan and there are not many that I didn't want to try. I got this recipe from gratefulprayerthankfulheart. When I saw her cheesecake I knew it was the one. Not only do I love cheesecake but I love lemon and this one was one of the best cheesecakes I have ever had. It has amazing texture not to rich but not to fluffy. And the lemon is perfect. Not overpowering but enough to it that it stands out as the main flavor. Top this with some fresh berries or strawberry puree and you will also be in heaven right along with me lol. So here it is my Crazy Cooking Challenge recipe for August Triple Lemon Cheesecake. 
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1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs   

1 1/2T sugar

7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated

3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed

3 large eggs

1/2 cup lemon curd Chilled

 

1.Position rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, 

2.Butter the bottom and side of a 9" springform pan. Have ready a roasting pan. Put on a kettle of water to boil for the water bath.  

3.Stir together crumbs,1 1/2T Sugar and butter with a fork in a medium bowl until combined well. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is set; let cool on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. 

 

4.Process sugar and zest in a food processor until zest is finely ground.


5.In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, beat cream cheese beginning on low speed & increasing to medium-high, until light and fluffy.

6.Gradually add sugar mixture, scraping down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula, continue beating until smooth.

7.Add sour cream, lemon juice; beat until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.


8.Wrap the outside of the springform pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, then pour the filling into the pan; set it in the roasting pan. Place the roasting pan in the oven and carefully pour in enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the side of the springform pan.

9.Bake for 70-75 minutes or until the center is almost set but still slightly jiggly. DO NOT OVERBAKE ~ The cheesecake will firm as it cools. (Mine took 75)

10.Remove the roasting pan from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the water bath for 15 minutes. Remove  from the bath; let it cool on a wire rack.

11.Remove the foil; refrigerate the cheesecake in its pan, loosely covered, for at least 8 hours or overnight, until thoroughly chilled.

12.Run a table knife around the inside edge of the pan; remove the pan's side. Spread the lemon curd over the top of the cheesecake. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.  Cut into wedges and serve.Top with whip cream and lemon if desired.


 






 

24 comments:

  1. That looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for stopping in and commenting on mine! I love this challenge and discovering new blogs and recipes!

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  2. I absolutely love lemon curd, this one so for me!;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. The lemon curd topping sounds so refreshing!

    Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

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  4. Pinned. I love that this has lemon! I bet it would be perfect for Easter dessert. I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

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  5. Triple Lemon? Sign me up! This looks incredible! CCC #69

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  6. I adore Lemon! This sounds wonderful and with lemon curd on top, just perfect!

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  7. What a lovely lemon cheesecake!! I'm going to have to make this as a special treat for my mom - it's her two favorite things!!

    Thanks for stopping by my CCC entry, #65 - Individual Biscoff Cheesecakes!!

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  8. Lemon is my favorite flavor in desserts! Pinning this one to make later! YUM! #55

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  9. Oh, boy, does this look magnificent! My hubby likes lemon only second to chocolate...I must make this!!! YUM. Liz #48

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  10. This looks great! I bet it tastes really delicious. Stopping by from CCC#12.

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  11. Mmm you can't go wrong topping it off with lemon curd!

    Jen #73

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  12. Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and I could eat lemon curd by the batch so this is the perfect cheesecake for me, saving this recipe.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  13. Triple lemon!!! Fantastic....this would be so refreshing. I love lemon.... CCC #13

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  14. This looks SO good! I love cheesecakes baked in a water bath...I think they turn out so moist and yummy! ANgie xo

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  15. Yum! I love lemon desserts in the summer. This looks heavenly! Great choice!

    #4

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  16. What a fantastic cheesecake! I love the lemon flavour and the vibrant colours! I love desserts that are more tart than sweet.

    Stopping by from Crazy Cooking Challenge #59 – I pinned and tweeted your cheesecake!

    Amber
    http://thecookssister.wordpress.com

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  17. Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

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  18. Lemon and cheesecake...can it get any better?!?! I'd love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  19. Hi there. Food on Friday: Lemons and Limes is now open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

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  20. Lovely dish. Thanks for linking it in to Food on Friday: Lemons and Limes. I have just signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful. Cheers

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