*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                              LEMON CHEESECAKE
 
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Cheesecakes
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1 1/2   c            Graham cracker crumbs
      1/4   c            Butter -- melted
      1/2   c            Vanilla sugar (see note)
    3       lg           Egg -- separated
    8       oz           Cream cheese -- softened
    3       ts           Lemon juice -- fresh
    1                    Lemon rind -- finely grated
      1/2   c            Raisins or currants
      1/2   c            Heavy cream -- whipped *
 
   * comparable amount of dairy sour cream may be
   substituted.
   
   Note: Vanilla sugar is made by placing a piece of
   vanilla bean in a canister of sugar. Let it remain
   buried in the sugar several days or until it perfumes
   and flavors the sugar. Also lovely to use over fresh
   fruit in season.
   
   Combine crumbs, butter and 2 tbsp sugar; press into
   bottom and sides of greased 8 springform pan,
   reserving about 1/4 cup of mixture for topping. Beat
   egg yolks well; gradually, beat in 1/4 cup vanilla
   sugar, cream cheese, 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice and lemon
   rind. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold
   into cream mixture. Stir in raisins or currants. Pile
   mixture into crust. Bake in preheated 300 degree oven
   for 50 minutes or until filling begins to brown on
   top. Whip cream, add remaining lemon juice to sour it.
   Or use sour cream. Add remaining vanilla sugar to
   cream. Spoon mixture over top; scatter remaining
   crumbs over that. Bake 5 to 10 minutes longer. Chill
   well until serving time. Makes one 8 cake.
  
 
 
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