Antoinette's London Cheesecake
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 8 to 12
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • FOR THE BASE
  • 150 grams digestive biscuits
  • 75 grams unsalted butter (melted or very soft)
  • 600 grams cream cheese
  • 150 grams caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • FOR THE TOPPING
  • 145 millilitres sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
  1. Process the biscuits until they are like crumbs, then add the butter and pulse again.
  2. Line the bottom of a 20cm / 8 inch springform tin, pressing the biscuits in with your hands or the back of a spoon.
  3. Put the tin in the fridge to set, and preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC Fan/gas mark 4/350ºF
  4. Beat the cream cheese gently until it's smooth, then add the sugar. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks, then finally the vanilla and lemon juice. Put the kettle on
  5. Line the outside of the chilled tin with strong foil so that it covers the bottom and sides in one large piece, and then do the same again and put it into a roasting dish. This will protect the cheesecake from the water as it is cooked in its water bath
  6. Pour the cream-cheese filling into the chilled biscuit base, and then pour hot water from the recently boiled kettle into the roasting tin around the cheesecake. It should come about halfway up; don't overfill as it will be difficult to lift up the tin. Put it into the oven and cook for 50 minutes.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This is one of my specialities! This is one of the first ever desserts I made, as a child and I have perfected over the years, which my family now love!! - Antoinette Ferguson (London Site Manager)