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London cheesecake

Velvety, firm and smooth, classic London cheesecake by Nigella Lawson. Extra rich (3 eggs and 3 yolks are added into the cheesecake batter) with a soured cream topping.  Baked in a water bath for cheesecake perfection.

Ingredients for the base:

  • 150 g digestive biscuits
  • 60 g butter, melted

Process the biscuits in a food processor until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the butter and process until well combined (you can also put the digestive biscuits in a plastic bag, crush them to crumbs using a rolling pin, and then mix with melted butter).

Line the bottom of a 20 cm springform pan with parchment paper. Press the biscuit mixture evenly into the bottom of the springform pan. Put the tin in the fridge to set for 30 minutes.

Line the outside of the chilled pan twice with strong aluminium foil so that it covers the bottom and sides of the pan. Put it into a roasting dish or a larger baking pan. This will protect the cheesecake from the water as it is baked in its water bath.

Ingredients for the cheesecake filling:

  • 600 g Philadelphia cream cheese or curd cheese, minced three times
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large yolks
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 Tbsp lemon juice

All ingredients should be at room temperature.

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and beat until just combined.

Pour the cheesecake filling into the chilled base and bake in a water bath* at 180ºC for about 60 minutes or until set in the centre. Remove from oven and spread the sour cream topping over the hot cheesecake. Return to the oven to bake for a further 10 minutes. Take the cheesecake out of the oven and cool to room temperature. Then, chill in the refrigerator for about 12 hours.

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 145 ml soured cream
  • 1 Tbsp icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the soured cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.

* The cheesecake is baked in a water bath: set the wrapped pan in a larger baking (roasting) pan and pour boiling water into a roasting pan, about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake pan. A water bath, also known as a bain marie, is the secret to cheesecake perfection – the baked cheesecake is beautiful, creamy and with no cracks.


London cheesecake

Author of the recipe – Nigella Lawson.

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