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Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake. A silky smooth lemon cheesecake with just the right tangy lemon flavour topped by a complimentary sweet raspberry compote.

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Originally published Dec 2011.

This was one of the desserts that I served to my guests at Christmas dinner this year. The flavours of lemon and raspberry were very good together and were appreciated by all who sampled it.

This would make a terrific New Year’s dinner dessert too and may just make a repeat appearance on my table.

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Frozen Raspberries make this recipe more economical without sacrificing flavour.

A word about baking a cheesecake in a bain marie before starting the recipe. A bain marie is simply a water bath that buffers the direct heat from the sides and bottom of the baking pan to more evenly bake the cheesecake from the sides to the centre.

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Fresh or frozen raspberries can be used in this recipe too.

Aluminum foil is quite handy when making cheesecake.

I bake my cheesecakes in a 9 or 10 inch springform pan that has the bottom and sides wrapped in multiple layers of wide heavy duty aluminum foil which forms a sort of boat that the cheesecake pan sits in. The roll of aluminum foil that I use is about 16 inches wide.

I use at least 4 layers of foil to make sure that no water leaks in and ruins the crust of my cheesecake. The aluminum foil wrapped pan is then placed inside a larger baking pan; I use a 12 inch cake pan. Boiling water is then poured into the larger pan filling it from 1/2 to 2/3 of the way to the top.

Pour water while in oven when bking this lemon raspberry cheesecake

I find it best to pour the boiling water into the pan after it is placed on the rack in the oven as you are less likely to splash water onto the cheesecake or inside the aluminum foil. I reuse the aluminum foil for several future cheesecakes, adding a couple of layers to it each time just to be safe.

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Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Yield: 16 servings

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake - a silky smooth lemon cheesecake with just the right tangy lemon flavour topped by a complementary sweet raspberry compote.

Ingredients

For the cookie crumb crust

  • 1⅓ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ⅓ cup melted butter

For the cheesecake batter

  • 3 eight ounce packages ounces cream cheese, 3 cups
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 2 lemons very finely minced, you can use less of you prefer milder lemon flavour
  • 1 cup whipping cream

For the Raspberry Compote

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 ounce water

Instructions

To prepare the cookie crumb crust

  1. In a small bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter.
  2. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased or parchment lined 9 inch spring form pan. (Grease bottom only!) Parchment paper is ideal here because it makes it very easy to release the cheesecake from the bottom of the pan.

To prepare the cheesecake batter

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes until well combined.
  2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
  4. Finally blend in the whipping cream well until the batter is very smooth. Using a rubber bowl scraper/spatula, scrape the bottom and the sides of the bowl as well as the electric beaters/paddle and give the batter a final beating for 1 minute on a higher speed. This final step ensures that there are no lumps in the batter and introduces a little air into the cheesecake to make it lighter.

To bake the cheesecake

  1. Pour over the prepared base and bake in a bain marie at 300 degrees F for 65-75 minutes. (Oven temperatures will vary slightly. Mine takes the full 70 minutes and you can go to 75 if you feel you need to. Even longer as the water bath is protecting the cheesecake).
  2. Don't be an compulsive oven door opener! Don't open it at all in the first hour.
  3. The cheesecake does not have to brown at all in order to be fully baked; the surface of the cheesecake should lose any shine when the cake is properly baked. It can still be slightly wobbly just at the center at this point.
  4. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before moving it to the fridge to chill completely.

To prepare the Raspberry Compote

  1. Slowly simmer the berries and sugar over low heat for about 10 minutes.
  2. Dissolve the corn starch in the water and slowly pour into the boiling berries stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Cool completely before adding the compote to the top of the cooled cheesecake.

Notes

In my opinion, baking the perfect cheesecake requires the use of a bain marie during baking. A bain marie is simply a water bath that buffers the direct heat from the sides and bottom of the baking pan to more evenly bake the cheesecake from the sides to the center.

I bake my cheesecakes in a 9 inch spring form pan that has the bottom and sides wrapped in multiple layers of wide heavy duty aluminum foil which forms a sort of boat that the cheesecake pan sits in. The roll of aluminum foil that I use is about 16 inches wide. I use at least 4 layers of foil to make sure that no water leaks in and ruins the crust of my cheesecake. Wrapping the bottom of the pan in plastic wrap before the foil is added is also a good idea. The temperature doesn't get hot enough to melt it and it doesn't come into contact with the cheesecake anyway. The aluminum foil wrapped pan is then placed inside a larger baking pan; I use a 12 inch cake pan. Boiling water is then poured into the larger pan filling it from ½ to ⅔ of the way to the top.I find it best to pour the boiling water into the pan after it is placed on the rack in the oven as you are less likely to splash water onto the cheesecake or inside the aluminum foil. I reuse the aluminum foil for several future cheesecakes, adding a couple of layers to it each time just to be safe.

EVEN IF YOU CHOOSE NOT USE A BAIN MARIE still use the aluminum foil wrap around the cheesecake pan. The aluminum foil still offers a good buffer to the heat. High heat and baking too quickly is the main reason that a cheesecake becomes dense and not creamy.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

16 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 254Saturated Fat 6gCholesterol 66mgSodium 395mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 23gProtein 8g

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Saturday 13th of February 2021

[…] If you want to make use of frozen berries for this cheesecake that’s completely superb too. I might make a fast raspberry jam/compote, like you will see that right here for our Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake. […]

Mary

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

Very disappointed. Baked this for over two hours and it was still jiggly. Cake looked terrible. The flavour was good though.

Rhonda

Wednesday 25th of December 2019

I made this cheesecake today for our Christmas Eve dinner and it was amazing!! The best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten!! I got lots of compliments on it.

Cindy T

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

I love your recipes and this cheesecake looks delicious! I have had trouble with the water leaking into my cheesecake in the past when using aluminum foil, and have found that folding down an oven baking bag (such as one used to roast a turkey) has worked well. It has remained water tight and I haven't had problems with condensation either.

Judith Blake

Friday 17th of November 2017

Is there a recommended temperature for baking this cheesecake

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017

Noted in the recipe.

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