The perfect manhattan cheesecake

Prep work

20min

The traditional pleasures of baking

This creamy cheesecake is simple yet truly delicious and is sure to be a winner at any dinner party. You can serve it with a variety of fruit compotes.

Ingredients

  • - for the base
  • 75 g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 300 g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • - for the filling
  • 1 kg cream cheese (the drier the better)
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 3 tsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150 ml soured cream
  • 1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice
  • - golden icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat the KitchenAid Twelix Artisan Oven to 180°C (fan 160°C). Grease the base and sides of a 23 cm diameter springform cake tin with extra butter, and then line the base with baking paper.

For the bottom crust, melt the butter in a medium pan, then stir it into the biscuit crumbs. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack while preparing the filling.

For the filling, increase the oven temperature to 220°C (fan 200°C). In the Artisan Stand Mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at medium-low speed until creamy, about 2 minutes, then gradually add the sugar followed by the flour. Continue by adding the vanilla and lemon zest and juice, then whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the soured cream until thoroughly blended. The batter should be smooth, light and somewhat airy.

Pour the filling into the prepared tin. The top should be as smooth as possible. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 140°C (fan 120°C), and bake for 25 minutes more. If you gently shake the tin, the filling should have a slight wobble. Turn off the oven. Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven for 2 hours, with the oven door closed. The cheesecake may get a slight crack on top as it cools.

For the topping, combine the soured cream and caster sugar. Spread over the cold cheesecake right to the edges, then refrigerate overnight. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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