Lemon & Lime Cheesecakes

After making Heston’s Macaroni Cheese last week (seriously try it, it’s amazing!) I was left with most of a packet of cream cheese. Here it’s the kind of ingredient that can languish at the back of the fridge until we remember about it and it’s beginning to grow a fine layer of slimy mould. Ignoring the fact I had other things to test bake for business I decided to make a mini version of the cheesecake I made back in December that went down very well.

When baking cheesecakes I always get the best results if I cook them in a waterbath. The science behind it being that water only reaches 100°c so helps to cook the cheesecakes more evenly and reduces the chance of cracking when cooling. To make these mini ones in a water bath I cooked the cheesecakes in a deep muffin tin that was sitting in a bigger, deeper roasting tin. It seemed to do the trick. As I didn’t have any cupcake/muffin liners in I fashioned some out of 5 inch squares of baking parchment. Now when I make mini versions of things in my head I always think that they are smaller so they’ll last us longer. More often than not it doesn’t end up that way. We end up eating more of them because due to their size we think we can eat more.

Mixture of cream cheese and sour cream gives a lighter texture and tarter taste to the cheesecake while the ginger biscuit base compliments it well.

Lemon & Lime Cheesecakes
Serves: 12
  • 125g ginger biscuits, broken into crumbs
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 142ml soured cream
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 90g caster sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime
  • juice of ½ lemon and 1 lime
  1. Line a deep muffin tin with cake liners or baking parchment.
  2. Mix the crumbed ginger biscuits and melted butter until well combined then share between the 12 holes in the muffin tray and press down on the biscuits base until firm. Place in the fridge to cool while you make the topping.
  3. Beat together the remaining ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.
  4. Pour this mixture on top of the ginger biscuit base.
  5. Place the muffin tin inside a larger tin and fill the larger tin with boiling water until the water is half the way up the muffin tin. Try not to get any of this water on the cheesecakes.
  6. Put the cheesecakes in the oven and bake for 15 min at 160°c until they are just set and still have a slight wobble in the middle. Switch the oven off and allow the cheesecakes to cool in the oven.
  7. Once cooled put in the fridge and allow to chill and set for 4 hours.


Post Author: Jules

Freelance food geek who's passionate about food education.

8 thoughts on “Lemon & Lime Cheesecakes


    (February 13, 2012 - 5:24 pm)

    Like the idea of these.

    Rosemary Guthrie

    (February 13, 2012 - 9:00 pm)

    Jules, these look and sound mouth wateringly good. I may have to try them for myself…. for research purposes only, you understand! x


      (February 14, 2012 - 8:20 am)

      I’m all for research ;)


    (February 13, 2012 - 9:26 pm)

    These look lovely Jules, I’m wondering about doing a similar recipe with the new chocolate Philly that’s come out. Maybe for tea on Wednesday actually.


      (February 13, 2012 - 9:35 pm)

      As soon as I heard about the chocolate cream cheese the first thing I thought of was cheesecake. You could replace the lemon in this recipe with either orange or vanilla.


    (February 13, 2012 - 9:35 pm)

    I love these little cheesecakes baked in individual portions. I never tire of a cheesecake either as it’s such a classic. Think I would eat far too many :-)


      (February 14, 2012 - 8:23 am)

      I daren’t tell you how long it took us to polish off the 12 cheesecakes.

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