This recipe for making a lemon cheesecake is very simple. But there are so few ingredients that making the best cheesecake is all about using the very best ingredients.
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Cheesecake is a classic and timeless dessert that has been around for centuries and is enjoyed by many around the world. It consists of a creamy texture from a combination of cream cheese, sugar, eggs and other ingredients to add flavor. It usually has of a crust made of crushed graham cracker or cookie crumbs and butter. It is cooked in a springform pan at a low temperature and often set in water to keep the temperature low. This gives it its signature dense texture. It is served chilled, as the combination of cream cheese and eggs create a smooth, silky texture that is enhanced when cold. Traditional cheesecake is often topped with sour cream or fruit like strawberries and blueberries or chocolate for a hint of sweetness. The creamy, sweet and tangy flavors of cheesecake make it a favorite among both children and adults alike.
UPDATED METHOD FOR MAKING THE BEST LEMON CHEESECAKE RECIPE
This cheesecake recipe skips the traditional crust. This makes the recipe quicker and easier to make. It also makes the cheesecake gluten free. And it can be made ahead of time without worrying if the crust will get soggy, which can happen with a cheesecake that has a crust.
Additionally, this recipe is baked in ramekins instead of a springform pan. Baking in ramekins doesn’t change the taste or texture, just the presentation. There is no crust on the bottom, so it is not as important to bake it in a pan that can be removed to show the layers. Baking in a water bath with ramekins is easier than using a springform pan, because there is no worry of leaks making the cheesecake soggy. The cheesecake is served in the ramekins, so they are easy to prepare ahead of time, store and serve. They are individual servings which makes serving easy.
One of the keys to making cheesecake with a perfect, creamy texture is to use a water bath. There is no substitute. This will keep the cheesecake from getting a curdled, crumbly texture. The other key is to remove the cheesecake from the oven while slightly undercooked. It will finish cooking with residual heat instead of being overcooked and dry. And then refrigerating it overnight to develop the correct texture.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEST LEMON CHEESECAKE RECIPE
There are very few ingredients in cheesecake, so making the best lemon cheesecake recipe is all about using the very best ingredients.
HORIZON ORGANIC CREAM
We think Horizon products taste better than any other dairy products we have tried. This is probably because the products are organic and from family farming partners. Just as important, Horizon is acertified B corporationthat has committed to becomingcarbon positive across their entire supply chain by 2025. We save money by buying this by the half gallon at a big box store.
HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE FROM HORIZON CREAM
Cheesecake is all about cream cheese, so we start with the very best cream cheese by making it ourselves. It is real cream cheese, made with a culture. It is made with the best cream, a culture, and nothing else, unlike other cream cheese. It’s easy because we make it in theInstant Pot.
The only real flavor in this recipe is coming from the lemons, so it’s important to use lemons that have a lot of flavor. Produce sold at a grocery store is often picked early and chosen for it’s ability to survive transportation and storage instead of for it’s flavor. Lemons from a neighbor’s tree or from the farmers’ market may have a lot more flavor. Local growers have the advantage ofgrowing varieties for tasterather than for shipping and shelf life, and the difference can be enormous.
HEILALA PURE VANILLA PASTE
Heilala produces the best tasting vanilla we have ever tried. Plus, it is ethically produced. We use the paste in recipes like ice cream and cheese cake where the texture is very important and the vanilla bean seeds will be visible. It is also much easier than using the actual bean, soaking it and scraping the seeds.
WHOLESOME ORGANIC CANE SUGAR
Produced from organic sugar cane fields that are green cut and are not burned or treated with herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. Burning sugar cane fields contributes to air pollution and climate change, and is a major cause of the destruction of the rain forest. Buying sugar from fields that are green cut helps prevent this destruction. The sugar also has a better taste. We save money by buying this in bulk direct from the company.
DIAMOND CRYSTAL KOSHER SALT
Salt not only varies greatly in taste and texture, but it measures differently depending on the size and structure of the crystal. It’s very important to use the same brand as the original recipe to achieve the same results. Don’t use iodized salt because the taste of iodine can be off putting.
The cheesecake can be eaten plain or served with any number of toppings. Especially good are French lemon cream, sweetened homemade sour cream, and whip cream flavored with Limoncello.
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