Citrus Flavours

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This blog has been designed to enlighten the world to sweet and savoury cusine. Personally, my favourite ingredient in cooking is citrus fruits, particually lemons, so I will try to inspire your inner chef to share the interesting flavour of lemons in the most indulgent cupcakes, muffins, cakes, slices, cookies and of course savoury dishes. My collection of recipes can be applied to any situation; formal or informal, in any case they are delicious and will interest your guests! Enjoy preparing and sharing the following recipes for what will be a memorable gathering with friends and family for any occassion.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Lemon Cheesecake

Recipe and Photos by Yasmin

Today I felt like being distracted from my assignments and exams so I decided to bake a cheesecake, just because I could! Then I discovered halfway through that I did have an occasion; a friend was coming over! So it all worked out in the end! It was my best cheesecake yet! It is presented a little differently with the base, but it still tastes delicious; the best part about this base is that you don't need a cheesecake tin! Enjoy!

For Pastry:
  • 100g chilled butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tblsp chilled water
For filling:
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 300g cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (room temperature)
  • 3-4 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • fresh fruit, to decorate

For pastry: Using a food processor, pulse butter and flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add lemon zest and icing sugar, pulse for 1 minute. Combine the egg and water in a separate container. With motor running, slowly pour water mixture into the food processor. The mixture should stick together making dough. Remove. Roll into a ball in glad wrap. Chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven 220'C. Prepare an oven proof dish. On a flowered board, roll out pastry to fit the cooking dish. Blind-bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and reduce temperature 180'C.

For filling: Beat zest of half a lemon, cream cheese and sugar together in a food processor. With motor running, slowly pour in the eggs, lemon juice and vanilla. Check that the consistency is smooth and not too liquidly. Pour mixture into blind baked base. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown on top. Refrigerate and decorate with berries. Serve with ice-cream.


  1. Cheesecake looks awesome. The lemon flavour brings everything together:) Loved it...

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  2. I have never yet had a cheese cake that I did not like, wish I had been coming to tea LOL Diane

  3. delicious looking cheesecake lovely lemon flavour

  4. Your cheesecake looks wonderful, Yasmin! Love the fresh fruit on the top and the ice cream...sooo good!


  5. Sounds sublime - lemony and creamy - delicious