Lemon Cheesecake – The Best I’ve Had!

Diva Entertains Lemon Cheesecake

You know you’ve found something really good when family and friends request it over and over again.  For their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.  And so it is with this recipe.  It is simply scrumptious!  And, believe it or not, light tasting. (Note that I said light tasting.  Three bricks of cream cheese hardly qualifies as a light dessert:)

This recipe comes from one of my favorite cooking magazines, Cook’s Illustrated.  Unfortunately you have to have a membership to view this particular recipe on the site.  But it is a fabulous magazine and every recipe in it is like a mini cooking lesson.

Let me start off by saying I took the easy way out with this recipe.  I skip the Baine Marie (water bath) for the cheesecake because it’s a lot of extra work and I can’t image the cheesecake tasting any more amazing than it does.  Granted, a Baine Marie does cut down on the risk of your cheesecake top cracking but, at least for me, I’m totally good with covering it with some fresh fruit or a dollop of carefully placed whipped cream.  It also calls for a top layer of lemon curd which I also leave off because: 1)um…I’m a tad lazy, 2) I think it would take away from the lightness of this cake, and 3) it wouldn’t freeze as well if there were leftovers.   But you can also make homemade lemon curd or…much easier, purchase it and top the cheesecake off with it.  I’ve found lemon curd in the “International Aisle” of most supermarkets in the “British” section.

I made up my own crust using Nilla Wafers by Nabisco, I love the vanilla-buttery taste of them.

Finally – the technique of cooking the cheesecake until it reaches an internal temperature of 150F and then turning the oven off and leaving it in the oven for an hour with the door propped open a bit makes the creamiest, most luscious cheesecake I’ve ever tasted.  All you need is an inexpensive instant read food thermometer from the cooking aisle of your grocery store.

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  1. Just wanted to vouch that this recipe from Cooks Illustrated is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made the original recipe yesterday and it is seriously such a good cheesecake!!!!!

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