New York-style baked cheesecake recipe

  • Serves 12
  • 30 mins to prepare and 1 hr 20 mins to cook, 5 hrs 00 mins to cool
  • 685 calories / serving
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Make this vanilla New York-style baked cheesecake, and enjoy its dense creamy texture.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3, 170°C, fan 140°C. Line the base and sides of a 23cm (9in) springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper. Sit the tin on a sturdy baking tray.

To make the base, combine the ingredients in a bowl and press the mixture into the base, and slightly up the sides, of the cake tin. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

To make the cheese filling, mix the sugar and cornflour together to prevent lumps forming. Whisk the sugar mixture with the cream cheese, beating until well blended (this is easiest to do using a stand mixer or a hand-held electric beater and a large mixing bowl).

Add the eggs, one by one, beating with a wooden spoon, followed by the vanilla, lemon zest and sour cream, mixing until just smooth. Don’t overbeat at this stage or the cheesecake will be too airy (see expert tips below).

Carefully pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake on the middle shelf for 1 hour and 20 minutes, until the cheesecake is set at the edges, but still wobbles in the centre.

Turn off the oven, but leave the cheesecake inside it for an hour, keeping the door slightly open to help it cool.

To make the topping, mix together the sour cream, sugar and lemon juice and spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake. Allow to cool completely, and then chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight, before serving.

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  • Ingredients

  • For the base

  • 150g (5oz) digestives, crushed
  • 50g (2oz) ground almonds
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 50g butter, melted
  • For the cheese flling

  • 250g (8oz) golden caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1kg (2lb) light cream cheese, at room temeprature
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 300ml (10fl oz) sour cream
  • For the topping

  • 200ml (7fl oz) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 10ml (2 tsp) lemon juice
  • Energy 2835kj 685kcal 34%
  • Fat 56g 80%
  • Saturates 33g 165%
  • Sugars 29g 32%
  • Salt 1g 17%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 38.7g Protein 7.8g Fibre 0.1g


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