Cheesecake is a sweet dish consisting of two or more layers. The main, or thickest layer, consists of a mixture of soft, fresh cheese, eggs, and sugar; the bottom layer is often a crust or base made from crushed cookies, graham crackers, pastry, or sponge cake. It may be baked or unbaked. It is usually sweetened with sugar and may be flavored or topped with fruit, whipped cream, nuts, fruit sauce, and/or chocolate syrup. It can be prepared in many flavors, such as; strawberry, pumpkin, key lime, chestnut, or toffee.
Cheesecake is usually served as a dessert. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesecake)
Stauffer’s Lemon Snaps biscuit – 5 nos (crushed into fine crumbs)
Melted salted butter – 1 tbsp
Philadelphia 1/3 less fat cream cheese – 4 oz (113 gms)
Granulated white sugar – ¼ cup
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Lemon zest – 1tsp
Pure vanilla extract – 1tsp
Cornstarch / Cornflour – ¼ tsp
Egg – 1 Large
- In a bowl, add biscuit crumbs, melted butter and mixed it thoroughly.
- Divide the mixture between cupcake molds lined with liners.
- Now press down firmly to make crust, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 15 minutes.
- In a separate bowl add cream cheese and make softened it using spatula.
- Now add sugar, cornstarch / Cornflour (*cornstarch is added to prevent cracking on top), pure vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg and beat until creamy by using hand beater. There should not be any lumps.
- Divide cream cheese mixture between the molds. Fill almost to the top.
- Tap the baking pan, to get rid of the air bubbles.
- Bake in the oven preheated to 355 degrees F (180C) for about 20 minutes or until slightly risen.
- Now transfer to a wire rack and let completely cool in the pan.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours / overnight before serving.
- Serve and enjoy it with whipping cream / jam / sauces / fresh fruits.
- Graham crackers / Digestive biscuit also can use for the crust.
- Sometimes, it might be cracks when you bake. But after resting in refrigerator, the surface will be sunken a little and look smooth.