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Easy-peasy Lemon Cheesecake

I first made this Easy-peasy Cheesecake  many years ago adapting a recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie from one of my Mum’s cookbooks called ‘Magic in the Kitchen’, dating, I think from the 1950’s.  The ‘magic’ came from what you can do with condensed milk! When you add lemon juice it thickens remarkably; when you boil a can, carefully, it becomes caramel. The recipes in here were family favourites and it delights me that Mum’s handwriting is on lots of pages too. Kj, one of my lovely daughters, adapted the recipe to make her fabulous Lime and Ginger Cheesecake which is also on these pages and is only a little more complicated.

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Ingredients

For the base

  • 15 digestive biscuits
  • 75 g butter, melted
  • a tablespoon or two of caster sugar depending on your taste. We like no added sugar.

For the delicious middle

  • 1 can of condensed milk (397g)  (not the light version – it won’t thicken properly)
  • 300g soft cream cheese (again, not the low fat version, it doesn’t work. I’ve tried it!) Take it out of the fridge a couple of hours before you want to make the dish if possble. It makes it easier to mix.
  • 3 large lemons, grated rind and juice
  • 1 lime, just the zested rind to decorate with
Ingredients and tin

Ingredients and tin

How to do it

Make the base first –

  • Line  a loose bottomed flan tin with cling film.
Lined tin and first batch of biscuits ready for bashing

Lined tin and first batch of biscuits ready for bashing

  • Crush the biscuits by putting them into a plastic bag and bashing with a rolling pin. Take care not to burst the bag!
  • Melt the butter in a medium size pan.
  • Add grated rind of one lemon to the just-warm butter.
Grated rind into the melted butter

Grated rind into the melted butter

  • Stir in the crushed crumbs and mix around until all the crumbs are buttery.
  • Press the mixture into your chosen tin, coming up the sides. I have used a shallow dish 28 cms diameter here as I want the dish to serve lots of people easily. It could be made in a deeper dish of 23 cms diameter but you get fewer slices – fine just for the family!
Crumb mixture pressed into the tin

Crumb mixture pressed into the tin

  • Pop the dish into the freezer to firm up as you make the filling.

Make the filling

  • Using a balloon whisk, mix the cream cheese with the grated rind of two large lemons.
Adding the rind to the softened cream cheese

Adding the rind to the softened cream cheese

  • Add the condensed milk and mix.
Cream cheese, condensed milk and rind ready to mix up

Cream cheese, condensed milk and rind ready to mix up

  • Pour in the lemon juice from the three large lemons , about 150 mls. If you warm the lemons for 10 seconds or so in the microwave, the juice flows more easily.
  • Mix until the mixture thickens.
All mixed up and thickened

All mixed up and thickened

  • Scoop the delicious gloop into the chilled base, smooth off and using a zester, put some lime threads onto the top to decorate.
Ready to chill or freeze

Ready to chill or freeze

  • Either chill for a few hours or it freezes well.  I prefer to freeze it as then it comes out of the tin very easily, peel off the cling film and put it on the serving dish to thaw.
Just the best and easiest Cheesecake

Just the best and easiest Cheesecake

I’m serving this tonight and will add a photo of it on the plate later.

Getting the Cheesecake out of the tin

Getting the Cheesecake out of the tin

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

 

Do try it! It really is the easiest and most delicious of desserts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 responses to “Easy-peasy Lemon Cheesecake

  1. utesmile

    April 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I shall try that it is easy and looks so delicious! Yummy! Thanks so much !

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  2. Amy

    April 27, 2014 at 12:02 am

    It looks delicious! This will be the next one I’ll add to the list ( the list of your recipes that I’m learning to cook ).

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    • mybeautfulthings

      May 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      It is so lovely to see you here, Amy! This one really is easy and you will love it! 🙂

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