Lemon Cloud Cheesecake: Baked Lemon Cheesecake with Toasted Meringue Topping

Adapted from the Lemon Cloud Cheesecake from the show Baking Good and Baking Bad…
Ingredients
Cheesecake:

  • Cake tin – 23 cm 
  • Butter – 100gm 
  • Graham cracker if you can get your hands on! but for people living in India you can use “Nice” biscuits,  South Africa “Tennis biscuits” Either way..
  • Biscuits – 250gm
  • Eggs – 2  Large 
  • Egg Yolk – 4
  • Lemons – 2 large (or) 5 small
  • Cream Cheese – 220gm 
  • Condensed milk – 400gm
  • Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Lemon extract – 1/2 teaspoon

Meringue topping:

  • Egg whites: 4 (from 4 eggs)
  • Icing sugar – 200gm
  • Cream of tartar – 1/2 teaspoon

Method:
Cheesecake:

  • Grease the cake pan. 
  • Break the cookies, crush them with a rolling pin into small pieces and powder them with a blender/ food processor. 
  • Melt the butter slowly, pour the melted butter over the crushed/ powdered cookies and mix thoroughly. It should resemble wet sand. 
  • Pour this into the greased cake tin and flatten it using your fingers. Chill the tin for about 30 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. 
  • Cream the cream cheese and add the condensed milk to it and mix well.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolks and mix thoroughly. 
  • Add the lemon juice, lemon extract and sugar. 
  • Mix till everything is incorporated. 
  • Pour this mixture into the chilled cake tin. Cover the cake tin with silver foil. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Let the cake cool inside the oven ( this prevents the cracking of the top of the cheesecake). 
  • Once cooled in the oven, chill it in the refrigerator. 

Meringue topping:

  • Pour the egg whites in a large bowl and add the cream of tartar. 
  • Using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer ( whisking by hand probably takes quite a while) whisk until soft peaks appear. 
  • Add the icing sugar slowly, keep beating for 5 -10 minutes until stiff peaks appear. 

Add this meringue on top of the cheesecake. If you have a blow torch, then toast the meringue, if you don’t like me then turn your oven to the highest and the top grill. Place the cheesecake with the meringue topping for a couple of minutes (1-2 minutes) until it turns slightly brown. Keep a close watch coz it turns from brown to burnt in seconds. 

Chill the cheesecake and serve! 

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