Tuesday, 10 January 2012

holiday cheesecake

cheesecake a

This week I was going to make a summery cheesecake – with either summer berries or citrus fruits, I hadn’t quite made up my mind yet – but after the holidays I decided a rest from eating cake was welcome. At least for a week or two.

Still, looking at cake isn’t such a bad thing at all. This is the cheesecake I made for a family dinner (for over 40 people, I lose count of exact numbers) just before Christmas Day. It was for everyone, but made with one special person in mind who has some particular requirements about what they are able to eat. Lemon cheesecake is their favourite, but it has to be made as simply and as plainly as possible.

This is a really quick and easy way I use to make cheesecakes. I'm already looking forward to the summery one!

cheesecake b
cheesecake c
Digestive biscuits (thanks, Nigella, for the tip!), butter, vanilla sugar. Wooshed to crumbs and pressed into a greased cake tin. It's absolutely ok to lick your knuckles clean if you wash your hands afterwards.
cheesecake d
Mix cream cheese, sour cream, more vanilla sugar, egg yolks and, of course, lemon juice. Pour over the sandy base. You don’t have to tell anyone that the blade fell in too and made a bit of a mess. Eat any dribbles because it is important to know what the cake will be like. (It’s ok, we use happy hen eggs from my mother-in-law’s back yard.).
cheesecake e
cheesecake f
Bake for around 45 minutes, checking after 35. This Dulton Co timer came my way a few weeks ago, and to be honest I didn’t think I’d really use it much. It turns out I use it all the time – much better than my somewhat vague, although somehow always successful, “…oh, it’s been in for about, say, 20 minutes,”… I didn’t always remember to check the clock before popping things in… a gentle alarm is actually very helpful.

And that’s it. Delicious cheesecake. It went down a treat. Of course, pictures of it would have been nice, but we’ll have that with the summer one. Soon!

9 comments:

Maxine Alice said...

Very much craving cheesecake now!

My said...

mmmm . . . looks deeelicious!

Kelly-Marie said...

YUMMY! My boyfriend is a cheese cake connoisseur, i'm going to try this out and surprise him with it.

Makay said...

Yum yum yum! :)
Thanks for sharing.
Ky
www.thebirdssay.blogspot.com

Vintagesuburbia said...

Thanks for this great post M. Have you checked out Jamie Oliver's cheesecake recipe (in his big 'How to Cook' book)? It uses a whopping 900g of cream cheese (no, that is not a typo!) but is absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommended, although also highly calorific.

Helen said...

Yum yum! I haven't made cheesecake in ages

Ahka Vintage said...

Yum!! And I love the timer!

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LandGirl1980 said...

OM NOM NOM!

Hausfrau said...

I have a timer just like that, even in red! Actually, my review of it was one of my first blog posts ever (link here). Just like you I was always eyeballing the time, until I realized that things were not turning out quite as they should. Don't you just love how shiny and sturdy it looks?

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