Lemon Cheesecake


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100 Desserts to Die For

100 Desserts to Die For

By Trish Deseine

Published 2020

  • About
30 Mins Preparation Time
3 Hrs Refrigeration Time

This is more like a Key Lime Pie with no chocolate. No baking in any case!


  • 70 g ( oz) unsalted butter
  • 200 g (7 oz) digestive biscuits (sweet wholemeal biscuits)
  • Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 135 g ( oz) lemon jelly (gelatine dessert) crystals
  • 150 g ( oz) mascarpone cheese
  • 300 g (10½ oz) cream cheese
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) thin (pouring/whipping) cream
  • candied lemon slices, to decorate (optional)


MAKE THE CHEESECAKE. Melt the butter. Crush the biscuits in a small mixing bowl. Combine the melted butter with the crushed biscuits, then cover the base of a tall round spring-form cake tin, about 25 cm (10 inches) in diameter, with this mixture. Place it in the fridge.

HEAT THE LEMON ZEST AND JUICE IN A SAUCEPAN AND DISSOLVE THE JELLY CRYSTALS IN IT. Add a little hot water if you need to make up the liquid according to the packet instructions.

BEAT THE MASCARPONE AND CREAM CHEESE IN A MIXING BOWL WITH AN ELECTRIC BEATER TO SOFTEN THEM. Add the cream, beating on maximum speed, until the cream is smooth and fluffy. Combine the lemon juice-jelly mixture with the cream.

POUR THE FILLING OVER THE COLD BISCUIT BASE AND SMOOTH THE SURFACE. Let it rest for at least 3 hours in the fridge so the cheesecake is fully set. Decorate with slices of candied lemon if you like before serving.