lemon cheesecake

Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed with my life – which is happening more often these days, I start tidying up. Somehow I feel in better control if my house is super neat and everything is packed away. Weird I know. Sometimes its just procrastination when I have a deadline and start busying myself with anything but the task at hand. It makes me feel like I’m getting closer to completing whatever it is I need to do.

My kitchen food cupboards have been freaking me out for a while. They were far to full and badly organized, and I got to the point where I couldn’t do another thing until they were sorted.

I unearthed a variety of items, which I gave away, threw away or made a commitment to myself to use up in a recipe as soon as possible because I hate wasting food.

I found a jar of lemon curd buried in the dark depths and thought I would do a variation of my recent strawberry cheesecake recipe. I still had some of the nut crumble mix left over – it keeps for ages and was still super crunchy and delicious. Or you can very easily adapt my easy granadilla curd recipe and make your own.

I adapted the recipe further here an there and it was delicious.

fresh raspberries

For a mild lemon flavour use 150ml as per the recipe, but if you want it more lemony, add more of the curd. It is a stable recipe and there is room to move around whilst still feeling secure that it will set.

I have to say that this is really such a great base recipe for an individual cheesecake dessert. I would never use any other. I’m keen to try a chocolate and white chocolate version sometime in the future.

lemon cheesecake


lemon cheesecake


  • 125g crème fraîche
  • 250g cream cheese cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 150170ml lemon curd
  • 250ml cream
  • 3 leaves Gelatine
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish
  • Nut crumble
  • 125g flour
  • 85g butter
  • 50g macadamia nuts
  • 50g almonds
  • 55g Demerara sugar
  • 1/2t vanilla extract


  1. For the cheesecake, soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for about 5 minutes, and use a little bit of the cream and melt the gelatine over a double boiler. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix together the crème fraîche, cream cheese, sugar, and lemon curd (I used an electric stand mixer with whisk attachment). Put the cream in a separate bowl and whisk until stiff. Gently fold the gelatine into the cream mix and gradually fold the stiff cream into the cream cheese mixture little by little until completely combined.
  3. To assemble the cheesecake, spoon out a layer of crumble at the bottom of your serving glass and top with a good dollop of lemon cheesecake mix. refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Decorate with fresh raspberries

lemon cheesecake



  1. Carolie de Koster

    I made home made cream cheese during our Greek Cheese making class on Saturday – … now I know what to do with it today! Thank you Sam! C xxx

  2. Hi Sam gelatine is not kosher is there any substitute for this product.

    Alan Bender

  3. I completely relate to tidying up when I feel overwhelmed. Sometimes it feels like the one thing I can control.

    What a great idea – these little cheesecakes. They look delicious and I love those little glasses.

  4. Sam, I’m exactly the same! I sort cupboards (or the garage) when I feel like I need to get control back. It helps!! This cheesecake will help too, looks delicious. xx

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