Lemon Cheesecake

This is my much in demand cheesecake.  Lemony, creamy and very very decadent. Guaranteed  to be the hit of the gathering, holiday or office party.
You can serve it plain, with a dollop of whip cream or any type of fruit toppings.

 

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Gather the ingredients.
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Crust:
1/2 cup melted butter
3 cup graham cracker crumbs( you can you butter cookie crumbs, etc)
1/3 cup sugar
Mix together and dump into the spring form pan.”1
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Easiest way to get it tamped down is with a small flat bottomed cup. Edges should go up the sides up to 1″.  Doesn’t have to be perfect.
You can wrap the spring form pan with aluminum foil if you want to use a water bath.  I have tried it both ways.  I personally don’t care if my cheesecake has a crack in the top so I will usually pass on the water bath.  Texture is about the same either way.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Cheesecake ingredients:
3 tbsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4- 8 oz package of cream cheese
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla paste
4 large eggs

Grate 2-4 good sized lemons- enough to get 3 tbsp lemon rind.  Juice lemons to get 3 tbsp juice.
In mixing bowl, cream 4-8oz packages of cream cheese.  you can use full fat or 1/3 less fat cream cheese. The full fat is richer but I use the 1/3 less fat cream cheese. Its a little lighter and I don’t feel so guilty about eating it.  Add 2 cups sugar the 3 tbsp lemon juice, 1/8 tsp salt, 1 tbsp vanilla paste.  Add 4 eggs, 1 at a time.
Pour into the 10″ spring form pan.
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Bake for 55-60 minutes or until center is firm- poke it with a toothpick- if it comes out mostly clean its done-  don’t forget it will continue to cook after you take it out of the oven until it starts to cool.
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Optional topping:  3/4 cup sour cream smeared over the top of the cooled cheesecake, add any type of fruit on top of the sour cream. Serve and enjoy.

Meyer Lemon Quick Bread

One of my favorite quick breads to make is Lemon Bread.
And now, one of my very favorites is Meyer Lemon Bread.
I’ve never really paid much attention to Meyer lemons in the grocery store.
I’ve noticed, they are becoming less rare and more affordable.
And they are tasty. A little sweeter than regular lemons and they have a slightly different taste and its amazing.
Every year we look forward to lemon season.  The fresh harvest right off the trees.
This year I was lucky enough to know someone who has a Meyer Lemon Tree.
This bread is sweet and sour at the same time. Just be warned, the bread goes fast.
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If you are one of the lucky few to know someone that has a Meyer Lemon tree…………… grab about 5-6 lemons.
(Or as many as you can)
Wash the lemons and grate all the rinds.   If you get extra rind, the more lemony your bread will taste.
I rarely miss much of the rind…………. yellow gold…………(Beverly HillBilly’s song running through my head)
Sweet yet sour, soft and flavorful.
After all the rind has been harvested.  Get out the juicer……… and cut the lemons in half and start collecting the juice.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Ingredients:
2/3 cup butter
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons lemon juice
3 to 3 and 1/2 tablespoon of the zest.
4 eggs- large, best if room temperature
2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste- or if using extract- 1 teaspoon
( you will have little black dots if you use the paste)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk- I used almond milk.
Cream butter with sugar, add the eggs, one at a time and beat between adding the eggs.
Add zest and vanilla.
Add flour, baking powder, salt.
Add milk and lemon juice.
You can make either 6 small loaves or 2 large loaves.
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Bake at 350 degrees for 30- 40 minutes.
While bread is baking, mix lemon juice, lemon rind and powdered sugar together for a glaze.
I used 3 tablespoons juice, 2 tablespoon rind and about 2 cups powdered sugar, if too thin add more sugar, if too thick more juice.
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I love to make quick breads-  You can make them out of any fruit or vegetable you have handy.
Great for gifts, bake sales, parties or just a quick dessert.