Updated: Jan 6
Lemon Bistro Cheesecake
This recipe is one my mother Nance used to make for our family when I was growing up. In those days finger limes were not known to us. I have adapted it only by the addition of finger limes. It is also known as New York bistro cheesecake. The finger limes give balance to the richness of the cheesecake.
My sister Pam's favourite dessert.
When I first tried this out, it was appealing to use one of our varieties with some colour. This has great visual impact, but if flavour is important to you, then our WG variety in the photo above is the winner. It has great harmony with the lemon flavours in this recipe. Below is an example with a fruit variety with green colour. Looks great and still tastes good.
Lemon Bistro Cheesecake with WG Finger Lime
1 packet of nice biscuits
125g melted butter
1 large can of condensed milk
1/2 a cup of lemon juice
grated rind of one lemon
500g of Philadelphia cream cheese
flesh from several finger limes to suit your taste
For the Base:
Crush the biscuits or blend them in a food processor until they form a fine powder.
Add the melted butter and mix well.
Line a spring form dish with this mixture. Carefully press it into the edges and up the sides to make the biscuit base.
Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
For the Filling:
Separate the egg yolks from the whites.
Beat the egg yolks, cream cheese, condensed milk and lemon juice until well combined.
Beat the egg whites until they are light and fluffy then fold them into the cheese mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the biscuit base and spread evenly.
Bake in a slow oven (150 degrees C) for 20-30 minutes.
Allow to cool then garnish with finger lime pearls (can be added when you serve it).
I think it is best served chilled.
My mother used to serve it with whipped cream on top and nutmeg grated on top.
However I now love the clean flavour of finger lime which balances the richness of the cheese. Maybe just a little whipped cream or icecream and you will have the perfect family dessert.
Finger limes pair beautifully with lemon or lime in almost any dish we have tried.
This recipe is simple and a real crowd pleaser.
Our WG finger limes are in season now.