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Lemon curd Basque cheesecake

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  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Soy free
  • Sesame free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free

A zesty twist on the classic Basque cheesecake, this lemon curd cheesecake is irresistibly creamy.

  • Serves16
  • Cook time55 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling & chilling time
Lemon curd basque cheesecake topped with cream


  • 750g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 4 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) thickened cream
  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
  • Whipped cream, to serve

Lemon curd

  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 75g butter, chopped

Nutritional information

Per Serve: Energy: 1615kJ/386 Cals (18%), Protein: 7g (14%), Fat: 30g (43%), Sat fat: 19g (79%), Carb: 23g (7%), Sugar: 21g (23%), Fibre: 0.2g (<1%), Sodium: 225mg (11%).

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  1. Step 1

    To make the lemon curd, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar, lemon rind and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Add the butter and place over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins or until the butter melts. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 mins or until the mixture boils and thickens. Strain through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 10cm x 28cm (base measurement) loaf pan. Place a 30cm x 40cm sheet of baking paper on a clean work surface. Top with another sheet of baking paper, turning 90 degrees to create a cross. Line the prepared pan with paper cross, pleating and folding the sides to fit.
  3. Step 3

    Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is very smooth. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until the mixture is smooth and silky.
  4. Step 4

    With the motor running, gradually add the thickened cream in a thin, steady stream. Continue beating until smooth. Add the lemon rind, vanilla and salt and beat to combine.
  5. Step 5

    Sift flour over the cream cheese mixture. Beat on low until smooth. Spoon over one-third of the lemon curd and use a large metal spoon to gently marble.
  6. Step 6

    Pour half the cream cheese mixture into the prepared pan. Spoon over half the remaining lemon curd. Pour over the remaining cream cheese mixture and use a round-bladed knife to gently marble. Bake for 45 mins or until the cheesecake is golden brown and puffed. Set aside to cool completely. Place in the fridge for 2 hours to chill.
  7. Step 7

    Serve chilled or bring to room temperature for a softer texture. Place the whipped cream in a bowl with a little of the remaining lemon curd and gently marble. Drizzle cheesecake with the remaining lemon curd and top with cream mixture. Cut into slices to serve.
    Serve with lemon zest.