Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Recipe


Ingredients
  • Lemon Curd
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest about 3 lemons
  • 1/2 C lemon juice about 4 lemons - zest the 4th and save for the cheesecake
  • 3 Lrg eggs
  • 3 Lrg egg yolks
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • ½ C butter cold and cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of salt
Lemon Cookie Crust
  • 1 1/2 C lemon cookie crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter melted
Lemon Cheesecake
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest about 2 lemons
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice about 1 lemon
  • 1 C granulated sugar separated
  • 2 lbs cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Lrg eggs room temperature
  • 1 Lrg egg yolk room temperature
  • Meringue Topping
  • 4 Lrg egg whites
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
Lemon Curd
  1. heat the lemon zest and lemon juice in small saucepan over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  2. Whisk the eggs, yolk and sugar in a bowl
  3. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot lemon juice into eggs, this will temper the eggs – aka bring them up to heat without scrambling them
  4. Then return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture registers 170 degrees F (remember to adjust for altitude)
  5. Take off the heat and pour into a bowl
  6. Stir in the butter, cream and salt – note for a brighter lemon curd leave out the whipping cream
  7. Cover surface of curd directly with plastic wrap to avoid getting a “skin” on the curd - refrigerate until needed.
Lemon Cookie Crumb Crust
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor process cookies until a fine crumb
  3. Add the sugar and melted butter and process again
  4. Press mixture into a 9 inch springform pan, along the bottom and up the sides
  5. Bake until fragrant 10-12 mins
  6. Set aside and let cool
Lemon Cheesecake
  1. bring oven temperature down to 300
  2. While crust is cooling, mix 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest in food processor until sugar is yellow and zest is broken down, about 15 seconds
  3. In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth
  4. Add the lemon sugar mixture and beat until mixture is creamy and smooth, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed.
  5. Add the lemon juice and mix until just incorporated
  6. Reduce speed to medium-low and add eggs and yolk 1 at a time; beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping sides and bottom of bowl well after each addition.
  7. Pour half the batter into the crust, then spoon on 1/3 of the lemon curd and swirl it slightly
  8. Spoon the rest of the cheesecake batter over the top
  9. Place in the silicone water bath pan – and place in a 12 inch round cake pan, adding water ½ way up
  10. Bake about 1 hour until the sides start to puff, the surface is no longer shiny and the center 4-5 inches jiggles slightly – like a jello jiggler
  11. Turn off oven and prop open oven door with potholder or wooden spoon handle; allow cake to cool in water bath in oven for 30 min to 1 hour.
  12. When the cheesecake has mostly cooled, spread the rest of the curd evenly over the top of cheesecake.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or 8 to 24 hours.
  14. Meringue topping
  15. Put eggs whites, sugar and corn syrup in a bowl over boiling water and beat with a hand mixer until the mixture turns white, thickens and ribbons form- about 4 mins.
  16. Transfer the mixture to a cool mixing bowl, add the vanilla and beat with electric mixer on Med high until soft peaks form- about 3 mins
  17. Pipe or Spread onto the cheesecake
  18. Use a culinary torch to toast the outside of the meringue
  19. Refrigerate until ready to serve

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