LEMON ALMOND CHEESECAKE

 

March 10, 2015

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It's not that having 1/20th of a slice of Lemon Almond Cheesecake means that you're eating one pound of cream cheese, 12 egg yolks and 3 cups of sour cream. In fact, 1/20th of a slice (a full half of my daily WW points--15 points, just saying) of this fluffy cheesecake tastes only of almonds and lemon. The texture is completely unsuspecting, and charming--authentically.

I brought this cake with me to a friend's dinner (it weighed a ton) and we served it with Grappa. At the table sat a strapping 21 year old, his girlfriend and four adults. After eating a full meal, cheese course included, everyone (except me) had a second slice. No one complained about sore bellies. Only 1/4 of the cheesecake remained. I suspect that their son polished it off the next morning. OMG.

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Instructions

MAKING THE BISCUIT CAKE BASE

  • This was fairly straight forward. I always love making biscuit.

Toasting ground almonds.
Toasting ground almonds.

Adding the cake flour to the toasted almonds.
Adding the cake flour to the toasted almonds.

The eggs and sugar beaten into a foam.
The eggs and sugar beaten into a foam.

Adding the almonds.
Adding the almonds.

Adding the meringue to the batter and folding it with a flat whisk
Adding the meringue to the batter and folding it with a flat whisk

Pouring the batter into the prepared pan
Pouring the batter into the prepared pan

  • It baked to 1/2" thick.

The baked biscuit. It’s a little brown because I’m playing with my oven settings.
The baked biscuit. It’s a little brown because I’m playing with my oven settings.

Getting ready to cut the cake base.
Getting ready to cut the cake base.

  • Per the instructions, the cake should compress to 1/4" under the weight of the filling. I considered adding two layers of cake, and maybe I should have because it simple disappeared in the cheesecake. I couldn't see it or taste it.

The cut cake base.
The cut cake base.

ALMOND LEMON FILLING FOR THE CHEESECAKE

  • Having lots of almond flour on hand, so I used it rather than the sliced almonds.

Want to know how to zest a lemon?
Want to know how to zest a lemon?

  • I assembled the filling, and everything looked good, and then the filling went liquid. It was no longer thick and spreadable. Maybe the sugar pulled the liquid out of the filling? I worried that the texture wouldn't be correct. There wasn't anything I could do about it.
  • I poured the filling into the prepared pan and didn't need to "smooth" it, as the instructions say.

Pouring the batter into the 9″ springform pan. See how liquid the batter is.
Pouring the batter into the 9″ springform pan. See how liquid the batter is.

BAKE THE CHEESECAKE

  • I used a fresh piece of heavy duty aluminum foil and wrapped it around the spring form pan and tied a string around it to keep the water out.
  • I VERY CAREFULLY added water to the pan and VERY CAREFULLY walked it to the oven. I felt confident that the foil was intact and I hadn't gotten any water inside. I baked it as instructed, and after it had rested for an hour in a turned off oven. Then I went to dance Tango for the afternoon.
  • Incidentally, look at this mess. I must have had my entire battery of gear in use for this recipe and then some! I just couldn't keep it together...

A remarkable mess.
A remarkable mess.

CHILL THE CHEESECAKE

  • I removed the aluminum foil from around the pan and water poured out. I have no idea if water got into the cake due to the water bath or if the cheesecake had watered out because I over beat the filling.
  • I laid a towel on the shelf of the refrigerator and set the cake on it overnight. The next morning, the towel was soaked, which tells me that maybe the cheesecake watered out.

The cheesecake.
The cheesecake.

MAKING THE LEMON CURD GLAZE

  • Making the lemon curd was very easy--for a change.

The butter, egg yolks and sugar whipped into a pommade (of sorts).
The butter, egg yolks and sugar whipped into a pommade (of sorts).

  • straining the curd

Straining the curd.
Straining the curd.

APPLYING THE LEMON CURD GLAZE

  • Rose was right, the glaze set quickly. It spread easily, but I could see the brown cheesecake underneath. I considered making another batch so that I could get the glassy glaze finish and it would then be opaque, but I ran out of energy and didn't feel like it.

Spreading the curd.
Spreading the curd.

Just to absorb any condensation from the warm curd.
Just to absorb any condensation from the warm curd.

UNMOLDING THE CHEESECAKE

  • When I released the pan, and removed the cake from the plate, there was still a surprising amount of water resting on the plate, so much so that it had to be poured out. ????????? The cake was very heavy, and seemed wet. The cardboard cake round underneath was soaked. ?????????

Unmolded Almond Lemon Cheesecake.
Unmolded Almond Lemon Cheesecake.

CUTTING THE CHEESECAKE

  • It cut well enough and didn't weep any further. I was the only one who knew that the cake watered out, so to my palate, it was a little wet, but to everyone else it was moist and creamy.

Almond Lemon Cheesecake, The Finer Cookie.
Almond Lemon Cheesecake, The Finer Cookie.

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Comments

3 Comments

maggie vella   2017-01-07

Hi Kim, you did a nice job on the lemon cheese cake, and your step by step instructions and pictures, I sounds like you are afraid of gaining weight..lol. .lol.

faithy   2017-01-07

Oh..i like that ring. Are you showing off your ring? lol! I love how the lemon curd glaze looks on top of cheesecake. Can you hear my tummy growling? i have been going through everyone's blog and it is making me super hungry!

patricia @ ButterYum   2017-01-07

I got no puddling, but my cheesecake turned out very wet too. I've been making cheesecake for decades so I know I didn't overmix the batter, and I used a solid cake pan so I know no water seeped into the pan. I think it's just the recipe. Not planning to make this one again, although I would be willing to make the glaze again. Lovely cake stand!

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