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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

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It’s one of those recipes that makes you do a little dance after eating the first bite…so so good!

serves 12

INGREDIENTS

Crust

  • 2½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted

Cheesecake

  • 4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 6 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest (2 large lemons)

Meringue Topping

  • 6 egg whites
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 300°

Crust

  1. Combine all ingredients for the crust in a bowl evenly. Press mixture into a 9″ springform pan and up the sides, about one inch.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.

Filling:

  1. In a bowl fitted with paddle attachment beat cream cheese and sugar together until combined and smooth. Add in egg yolks and beat until mixture is just combined, scraping sides as necessary.
  2. Add in flour, sour cream, and lemon zest and mix until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture over prepared crust. Bake for 75 minutes. Then turn off the oven and leave cheesecake in the warm oven with the door closed for 4 hours.
  4. Finally, remove it from the oven, run a knife along the edges to loosen from pan and chill for 6 hours, or overnight.

Meringue Topping

  1. Whisk 6 reserved egg whites with sugar. Place over a double boiler and stirring constantly heat mixture until it reaches 140° on a candy thermometer. Pour the mixture immediately into a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment and beat for 10 minutes, until glossy and stiff peaks form.
  2. Spread the meringue over chilled cheesecake and with kitchen torch lightly brown the tops of the meringue.

NOTES

  • if you would like to amp up the flavor of lemon in this recipe, you can add another tablespoon of lemon zest.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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