When Your Neighbor Gives You Lemons, Make... A Lemon Cheesecake!

Hi Hive,

I have always heard from older people than I, that the older they got, the more sweet-toothed they became. I'm not sure if it has something to do with age, but for the last few months/weeks, I am regularly craving for some chocolate desserts. So far I have indulged in those cravings by baking different type of chocolaty confections. These included some simple chocolate mousses, tarts, flans and cheesecakes. I can say that they always pleased my, as well as my wife and daughter's, palate.

A few days ago however, a neighbor gave us some lemons from her farm. Those were not the typical 2-3 inches yellow ones we're used to, but rather 4-5 inches large. At first I thought they were pomelos. I'm sorry but I completely failed to take a picture before squeezing them for the juice.

Anyways, I thought that for a change, I would use them to bake a lemon dessert.

I asked my wife what she's was in a mood for and she suggested a lemon cheesecake. I looked up a few recipes and decided to make my own by getting inspiration from some of them.

So here it goes...!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups of crushed Graham crackers
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 2 x packs of cream cheese (8oz or 226g each)
  • 1 can condensed milk (300ml)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • lemon zest (I used one regular lemon for that)
  • 100ml Lemon Juice

Instructions:

The first thing I did was to crush the graham crackers using a marble pestle. Actually, let me correct that! I got my daughter to do that for me while I prepared the rest of the recipe. I could have saved her time and effort as I realized once she was done that we had a bag of ready crushed graham crackers in the cupboard. Oh well, it'll be for the next cheesecake.

The next step was to melt the butter and mix it with the graham powder so as to make it a bit more solid and easier to spread and compact in the baking pan. Most recipes recommend to then put the pan in the oven for a few minutes, but I couldn't be bothered. It might have made the cake's crust a bit more firm and less likely to crumble. I guess next time I'll make the effort and see if it makes a difference.

Right, so that's the crust done. Moving on to the main filling...

In my bowl, I mixed the cream cheese, the condensed milk, the eggs, the vanilla extract, the lemon zest and the lemon juice together until everything was well blended and the texture was smooth.

In most of my baking recipes, I only put a little amount of sugar. To be honest, most recipes online could have their sugar quantities divided by 2 or even 4 and the result would still be pretty sweet or just right. I am a sweet-toothed person but I don't need to eat the sugar by the spoon.
For this cheesecake, I decided to not put any and instead only rely on the sweetness of the condensed milk.

Once the mix was ready, I simply poured it over the graham crust and then put the baking pan in the oven for 25 minutes at 180°C (350°F).
At the end of the timer, I took it out and made sure that the center was still a bit wobbly. I left it in the oven for another 10 minutes with the door slightly ajar. Then it was just a matter of cooling it down for a few hours before putting the whole cake in the fridge. Wait until it gets really cold before consumption, it will only taste better.

Verdict:

This is a very easy recipe and for what it's worth, the family really enjoyed it. It does have that cheese taste on the first bite but then the lemon flavor takes over and that's all you will taste until your last spoon. I was expecting a usual heavy dessert but I suppose the condensed milk made it a bit more fluffy and so it had a slight mousse-like texture in the mouth.

As you can see on the pictures it is not a professional looking cake. It is not what I was trying to achieve, I only wanted to make a cake we would enjoy.

Bon Appétit!



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It has been a while since I just ate a lemon cheesecake, I want to make my own, so with that being said, I bookmarked this blog of our for future reference.

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If ever you end up trying this recipe, let me know your feedback.
Bon appétit! 🙂

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Esta chesscake de limón luce deliciosa amigo, excelentes fotos. 😋

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Esta chesscake de limón luce deliciosa amigo, excelentes fotos

It was actually pretty good. Thanks for passing by.

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😍 This looks spectacular and delicious @iamyohann. I love cheezcake, but I've never tried it with lemon. It must taste delicious. Thanks for sharing your making process and recipe. It made my mouth water, what a success... ✨

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Thank you for the kind feedback. my 2 favorite cheesecakes are chocolate and lemon and I'm pretty happy with the result of this one.

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Glad to see you back! I was craving for a cheesecake when Laarni posted about this on her Instagram. I bought something yesterday. 😁

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Oh, I didn't know she'd put a teaser on instagram!
Well, I can't say I'm back on Hive full time. I kind of lost motivation for anything after the storm last year and I just felt like posting something to see whether or not I'd enjoy blogging again. I might do another post or 2 in the next few weeks. Let's see.
Did you get to satisfy that cheesecake craving?
I hope you're doing well too. It's been a while since we last saw you here in the south.

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Hehe he nailed it :) It was soft, creamy, lemony, and really good. Happy tummy :)

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I'm craving cheesecake again! I'll withdraw my remaining liquid HIVE to buy a slice from Coffee Bean.

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Who knows, maybe during your visit, we could make you try Yohann's lemon cheesecake :)

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I was satisfied, but now I'm craving again. 😅

I actually stopped traveling after my birthday last August. I felt overwhelmed. I'll travel again this December or maybe next year. @indayclara mentioned about visiting Moalboal, so we might pop up there in the next few months.

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Hope to see you both again. It would make it a year since we last saw you guys if ever.

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Yeah! How fast time passes by. I'm feeling old. 😂

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I love cheesecak and unfortunately, for my waist, I've always had a sweet tooth.

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I've got to agree with you, I think my waist is not liking all these treats I've been baking recently. My taste buds on the other hand.... 😁

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Hey there!
Long time don't see!😁

the older they got, the more sweet-toothed they became.

Hmm, I'm not sure... I am quite an old lady now, and my preference is still savory, sour, and bitter... but I love anything with lemons. I can have only very little sweetness at once... well, that's a lie with my Haribos.
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... See I emptied 3 packs in this container this morning... and soon I'll look and it will be empty. I swear they evaporate somewhere😜

Your cake looks perfect, maybe I'll try to make one for Cam one day.

Most recipes recommend to then put the pan in the oven for a few minutes, but I couldn't be bothered.

I have a habit of omitting this too!

It's great seeing you here again, say hello to Arni and mini you:)))

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Hello!!!
Indeed, it's been a long time away from Hive for us.

I enjoy these haribos too, though my preference is the rolled up liquorice.
It's been a while since I've had those but I'm pretty sure they'd disappear quickly too, especially if I get help from Anaïs.

How have you guys been doing?

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Oh, I love those liquorice, but I haven't seen them for a while.

That's the good thing about Hive, you can just post whenever you feel like it, no pressure:)

We're doing well, and will be heading to Jamaica next Tuesday😁

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Sounds great, I'm sure you're very much looking forward to Tuesday then 🙂. How long has it been since the last time you went home?

Have a safe trip and I'll keep an eye on here once in a while for your posts so I can discover Jamaica.

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Just a few months shy of 9 years 😏

Yes, I expect that it has changed a lot, but we're hoping to do some exploring:)

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Is it cheesecake week? Just read a cheesey cake post from @buckaroobaby !! I love lemony deserts, it's the tang that distracts from the sugar for me. Yum..

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Well, I guess most people do like cheesecakes whatever the flavor. I, however did not make my own cheese 🙂.
Just like you and for the same reason, I very much enjoy lemony desserts. Maybe next time I should try to bake a lemon tart, just like my mum used to make it when I was a kid. It might bring up memories.

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Probably the most delicious out of all the cheesecakes as it combines the nauseating sweetness of sugar and refreshing sourness of a lemon. The perfect combination.

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That's a pretty good description! I agree with you entirely.
Thank you.

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I want neighbors like yours and a slice of lemon cheesecake!!🤩

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