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Sun-sational Cheesecake

No recipe image available.Colorful and bright, this luscious lemon cheesecake has a sweet-tart lemon curd topping.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Filling:
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
1 large egg white

Lemon Curd Topping:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk, slightly beaten

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F (160°C) for 10 minutes.
  2. For Filling: Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, flour, lemon juice, grated lemon peel, and vanilla; mixing until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in egg white.
  3. Pour cream cheese mixture into the crust and bake at 325°F (160°C) for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250°F (120°C) and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  4. Loosen the cake from the rim of the pan; cool before removing from pan.
  5. For Lemon Curd Topping: Combine remaining sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; stir in water and lemon juice. Cook, stirring constantly, until clear and thickened. Add a small amount of the hot mixture to the slightly beaten egg yolk. Return to the hot mixture, cook for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Cool slightly then spoon over the cheesecake. Chill.

Makes 12 servings.