Baked lemon cheesecake

This sure calls for a celebration. 10,000 hits so far. The baby steps I've taken in my blogging journey have been full of glitches and ditches. I'm still not sure how the blogging works, but if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that I do like to write.

So to celebrate, here's a recipe with an ingredient that fortunately, is available throughout the year.

We don't get lemons in Chennai. Well, maybe tiny ones. And  only sometimes. Honestly, I prefer the taste of limes, love their face puckering sourness and their fresh clean scent. A bit of lime rind and juice mixed through the batter of a plain butter cake gives it just that little bit of an oomph factor.

But when lemons make an appearance, this delectably tangy cheesecake is what I love to make. The recipe is from an old magazine and every time I want to make it, I find I don't have enough cream cheese. Anyway, I bumble along with substitutions and tweaks and it has never failed me.

Today, too, I did not have enough cream cheese so I made up the shortfall with hung curd - the homemade version of cream cheese.

And sour cream? Where in Chennai does one find this secret ingredient? Most of us just mix a little lime juice into cream and voil√† - sour cream!

And it does work!

However, I skipped the sour cream today because my home made cream cheese was quite sour and didn't need any more acidity. And instead of sour cream, I used Amul cream. Also, I find that the addition of a little hung curd makes the cheesecake a little lighter in texture and not as dense as an all cream cheese mixture would have.

I also add some sultanas into the cheesecake. When you bite into these  plump, golden beauties, their sweetness and juiciness are a welcome contrast to the tangy smoothness of the cheesecake.

So here is my version of the baked lemon cheesecake:

Baked lemon cheesecake

Ingredients for the base
170 gm Marie biscuits
90 gm butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar

Blitz the biscuits in a food processor, add the butter, blitz again, mix through the sugar and half blitz it.
Spoon the mix into the base of an 8" loose bottom pan, pat the crumbs to form a firm base.
Chill in the freezer for about an hour.
(If you don't want the sides of the cheesecake to be dark, line the inside of the tin with strips of parchment paper or foil.)

Ingredients for filling
2 small lemons (or limes. Or 1 large lemon.)
500 gm cream cheese ( I used 300 gm cream cheese and 200 gm hung curd)
150 gm sour cream ( I used Amul cream)
180 gm sugar
2 eggs
3/4 tsp cornflour
1 tsp vanilla essence
40 gm sultanas

Grate rind of lemons and extract juice.
Place rind and juice into a mixing bowl, add in cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, eggs, cornflour, essence and blend well. (I used a wire whisk.)
Stir through the sultanas and pour into the prepared tin.
Place the cheesecake into a pre heated 180°C oven.
Bake for about 50 minutes till just set.
Switch off the oven, keep the oven door ajar and leave the cheesecake in it till it comes to room temperature.
Put it into the fridge to chill overnight.
For the decor on top, use a zester to take off strips of  lemon rind. Slice the lemon thin- you probably need only the middle of the lemon. Arrange the slices in a pattern on top of the cheesecake halfway through baking.

You need to eat a slice of this. Real soon.


  1. OOhhhhh laa laaa... Need to tent at your place sometime to leann all these :) So inviting and I'm sure soo tastyy..

    And many congratulations on the hits :) May it grow bigger and bigger :)

  2. Thank you. Do try out the recipe sometime.

  3. Awesome yummy...I've been always wanting to try a cheesecake, now your post is motivating me to do so :)
    Can I use hung curd fully for that 500gms ???

  4. I've done that also and don't see why you can't. In which case, do use sour cream.

  5. wht should i do if i do not wnat to use eggs

    1. Cheesecakes need a setting agent. In this recipe, eggs do the job.

  6. Thank you Sara...its a good recipe and the lemon cheese cake turned out well. I used the britannia cream cheese which was gud enuf along with home made greek yoghurt (hung curd), worked out quite inexpensive as compared to using phili cream cheese:) . I made a different topping each time.

  7. maam trying this now yummm it looks ..

  8. Hello
    i am a home baker.So Doesn't have much expertise in contributing/adding my own ideas while baking. I tried baking cheese cake once and trust me , it was a disaster. I used amul cheese spread for cream cheese , the cake was wavy after baking, and while transferring it to a tray (i was lifting it up :p) it burst and got leaked all over. Please let me know how to check whether its properly done before taking it out of the bake tin, and some tips too

  9. You need to use cream cheese to make cheesecake. Amul cheese spread is not suitable. Get either Britannia cream cheese or the more expensive Philedelphia if you prefer. It sounds as if your cheesecake hadn't set and that's why it broke apart. Follow this recipe without any changes and you should have a perfect cheesecake.

  10. is there any substitute for eggs

    1. There are egg substitutes in the market but not having used any of them, can't recommend. You could google for baked eggless cheesecake and see how you could amend the recipe.

  11. Your recipe is giving me the courage to try my first cheesecake. Can you please share the steps and measurements to make sour cream from Amul Cream.

  12. Good for you! Mix 2 teaspoons lime juice into the cream, stir well and keep aside for about 2 hours. Both cream and lime juice should be at room temperature. Remember this is not the real thing but a workable alternative. I think Amul sour cream is available in some stores in Chennai.


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