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New York Cheesecake

What's the big idea?

OK, this does take a little work and effort, but if you want a great finale to a USA themed party, this New York deli-style cheesecake should be perfect.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 4½oz plus 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4oz unsalted butter, softened
  • 2½lbs cream cheese
  • 1½ teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 5 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks
  • 4oz double cream

What To Do

  • In a bowl, combine 4½oz of plain flour with 1oz of the sugar, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest, and ¼ teaspoon of the vanilla extract
  • Form a well in the center and add 1 egg yolk and all of the butter. Work with a fork to make a dough
  • Add up to 2 tablespoons of water, if necessary, to make a pliable dough
  • Form into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F/200C. Butter the sides and bottom of a 9-inch springform cake tin
  • In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, the reamaining 7oz sugar, the extra 3 tablespoons of flour, 1½ teaspoons lemon zest, and all of the orange zest
  • Beat well
  • Add the 5 whole eggs and 2 remaining egg yolks (one at a time, mixing as you add each)
  • Add the double cream and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of the vanilla extract and beat well again
  • Roll out roughly one-third of the chilled dough on a floured surface; roll it out in pieces and evenly press them into the bottom of the prepared cake tin
  • Bake until golden, about 15 minutes, and cool in the tin on a wire rack. Increase the oven temperature to 550F/285C
  • Roll out the remaining dough in pieces and shape them to fit the sides of the tin. Make sure that there are no holes in the crust
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture into the crust
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200F/100C and continue baking for 1 hour
  • Turn off the heat and keep the oven door open wide. Let the cake cool in the oven for 30 minutes

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