Lemon Cheesecake with Butter Cookie Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 FOR COOKIE CRUST
  • 2 1/2 cup butter cookie crumbs, I used pepperidge farms chessman cookies.You will need about 1 1/2 bags of the 7.25 oz bag.
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 FOR LEMON CHEESECAKE FILLING
  • 5 8 ounce packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 large eggs
  • 24 oz sour cream ( 3 cups )
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 FOR WHIPPED CREAM TOPPNG
  • 2 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 FOR GARNISH
  • 1 cup fresh berries of choice, some for serving after slicing
  • 6 thin lemon slices
  • 1/4 cup chcolate shavings 

Instructions

1_ PREPARE BAKING PAN

2_ Spray a 9 inche diameter removable bottom springform pan with 3 inch high sides with non stick spray, line bottom with parchment paper to fit.

3_ FOR CRUST

4_ Combine crumbs, confectioners sugar and butter mix well. Press into bottom and a bit up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool before filling

5_ Cover bottom and sides of cooled prepared crust pan with a double layer of aluminum foil tightly.This is to keep cheesecake dry while baking in a water bath pan.

6_ PREPARE LEMON CHEESECAKE FILLING

7_ Prehat oven to 325

8_ In a large bowl beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy, add sugar slowly than add salt. Beat in eggs one at a time, beat in sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla.Pour filling into prepated pan.


9_ Place foil wrapped cake in a large roasting pan. Pour enough very hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up cake pan. (this is the water bath ) Bake until filling is slightly puffy and moves only a tiny bit in center when shaken.This will take about 1hour 25 to 30 minutes. Remove cake pan from water bath, remove foil. Cool cake on a wire rack until room temperature about 2 hours. Chill in refrigerator, uncovered until cold, then cover. Keep chilled at least overnight before removing from pan. To remove from pan cut around sides to carefully loosen bottom from sides with small sharp knife.remove side part of springform pan. Place cheesescake on serving dish.

10_ FOR TOPPING

11_ In a chilled bowl beat heavy cream until soft peaks form, add confectioners sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff. Spread over to and sides of cheesecake.

12_ Garish wth thin lemon slices, fresh berries and chocolate shavings

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