Lemon Cheesecake with a Redux

by Jamie on June 12, 2010

Post image for Lemon Cheesecake with a Redux Today’s recipe is a guest post from the fabulous Naomi of the blog, Bakers Royale. Naomi and I became acquainted on twitter and with our mutual love of baking, blogging and tweeting, we became immediate friends!

If you have never visited Bakers Royale, definitely check it out, it’s full of amazing recipes, writing and photos. She totally rocks out with a point and shoot camera with some stunning results! Needless to say, I was thrilled when she agreed to guest post while I am on a weekend hiatus. She told me her plans were to post a Lemon Cheesecake with a Blackberry Balsamic Reduction and I knew my readers would be just as excited as I am about Naomi and this recipe.

Seriously check out her blog and follow her on twitter…you can thank me for leading you to her later! Naomi…thanks so much to your whipping up this delish creation for My Baking Addiction!!! Here is Naomi…

When Jamie emailed and asked if I would like to guest post in her absence this weekend, I was ecstatic. What she read a nano second later was “Sure, I would love to”. What she missed was the fist pumping and toe tapping. Like most of you I am a long time reader of My Baking Addiction, so needless to say I’m excited and honored to guest post.

I love it when everything synchronizes. As it turns out, this guest post is also the perfect preamble for my foray into fruit starring desserts. I have been forced by someone, no names will be mentioned lest I want to slum it on the sofa, to take a break from my recent run of toothaching-ly sweet confections.

My first starring fruit: blackberries reduced in balsamic vinegar. As many of you know, using balsamic as reduction agent yields a sweet flavor with a hint of tanginess. That is the exact flavor I wanted to offset the sweetened condensed milk in this cheesecake recipe. Add some lemon to smooth out the dairy from the cream cheese and you have yourself a must make cheesecake that is finely tuned and balanced.

If the sweetened condensed milk seems like an odd choice to you (it did to me at first as well) you will discover that it’s the perfect ingredient to free your cheesecake of those unsightly cracks and sinkholes, It also solves the problem of ever having a dry textured cake.

Lemon Cheesecake with Blackberry Balsamic Reduction

Getting Ready
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare springform: Cover removable bottom with foil. Click sides into place and fold excess foil up the sides. Prepare waterbath: Place kitchen towel on bottom of a roasting pan or cake pan. Place one 9 inch springform in the pan to determine the water level. The water needs to be two thirds the height of the springform. Bring determined water amount to boil while the making the cheesecake.
 
Crust
1 1/2 cup crushed graham cracker
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
7 tablespoon unsalted butter(melted)

1. Combine graham cracker crumbs with sugar.
2. Add melted butter and blend until combined.
3. Press into pan. Set aside.

Lemon Cheesecake
(4) 8oz cream cheese, softened
1 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
4 eggs
¼ cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions
1. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
2. Gradually add sweetened condensed milk and mix until smooth.
3. Add egg in one at a time, making sure to completely incorporate each egg before adding the next.
4. Add in lemon juice, vanilla and lemon zest, mix until combined.
5. Pour into prepared springform pan.
6. Bake at 325 degrees F or 50-55 minutes or until sides are set and center is just a bit jiggly when pan is tapped. The center will firm up as it cools from the permeating heat.
5. After five minutes of cooling run you’re a knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake from the sides of the pan. This will further prevent any cracks that may occur.

Balsamic Blackberry Reduction Sauce
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
3 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt

1. In a heavy-bottom saucepan over high heat, combine blackberries and water. Macerate the berries with a potato masher or a roux whisk. Bring to a boil. Push mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Disgard solids.
2. Pour liquid back into saucepan and add balsamic, sugar and pinch of salt. Bring to a hard boil for 5minutes. Reduce heat to a soft boil and add honey. Continue on a soft boil, while stirring continuously until the sauce is reduced by half or until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.
3. Let cool before pouring over cheesecake.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Rosa June 12, 2010 at 4:51 am

Beautiful! This cheesecake looks irresistible. I really love that flavor combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

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avatar Cassie June 12, 2010 at 5:54 am

What about the crust?

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avatar Cherine June 12, 2010 at 6:07 am

Looks wonderful. Mouthwatering!

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avatar Jessica @ How Sweet June 12, 2010 at 7:34 am

Beautiful! My all time favorite dessert is cheesecake and I love any kind of balsamic reduction. Delicious!

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avatar Katrina June 12, 2010 at 7:50 am

I absolutely love cheesecake, and this combo looks fantastic. I’m all for the lemon blackberry combo. Yummy!

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avatar Anne @ the doctor takes a wife June 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

This looks delicious :) I can’t wait to try it!!

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avatar Katie June 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

Oh my! This looks divine. I adore the flavour of balsamic with berries and drizzled over the cheesecake…. wow!

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avatar CaSaundra June 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

Both of your blogs are fabulous, and this cheesecake looks fab as well!

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avatar hannah @ thepastrykook June 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

this looks incredible. thank you!

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avatar DessertForTwo June 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

Wow! I’ve heard of strawberries and balsamic, but you are the first I’ve seen to pair it with blackberries! This looks absolutely delicious. My parents are coming in a few weeks and I want to make this for them! Thanks–I’ve been needing a special occassion dessert!

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avatar Joanne June 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I just discovered Naomi’s blog and I absolutely love it! This cheesecake is one of the myriad reasons why. That balsamic reduction sounds lovely.

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avatar Eliana June 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm

What an amazing looking dessert. Thanks so much for introducing me to Naomi.

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avatar ingrid June 13, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Hi, Naomi! Looks wonderful and I’m seriously liking that balsamic
blackberry reduction.
~ingrid

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avatar Narissa June 14, 2010 at 1:02 am

Hi, the cake looks yummm however my parents are on a diabetic diet how can I replace or reduce the condensed milk and still make it as yummmm as yours??

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avatar Jamie June 14, 2010 at 4:54 am

I like that some of the cream cheese which I find too tangy is replaced by condensed milk. And so love the blackberry balsamic sauce to top it all off! Gorgeous and mouthwatering!

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avatar shelly (cookies and cups) June 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

Such a yummy and creative recipe! Love it :)

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avatar Ken June 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

The Balsamic Blueberry Redux sounds and looks luscious. I can almost taste it. Thanks for sharing.

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avatar Ken June 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

Oops! I meant to say Blackberry. Blueberry might be another great idea as well.

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avatar Stef June 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Love balsamic in desserts! This cheesecake sounds heavenly!

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avatar Lisa Wallace June 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Um…I’d like to actually make this – not just comment on how pretty it looks! Where are the crust directions? I guess it’s a basic graham cracker crust – not too difficult. How much water do you add with the blackberries for the reduction?

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avatar Jamie June 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Lisa-
The crust directions are located in the recipe directly under the crust ingredients. Naomi accidentally left out the amount of water for the reduction which is one cup. We have now made the adjustment to the recipe on My Baking Addiction. Thank you for pointing out our error.
Best-
Jamie

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avatar Lals July 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

I love baking and every weekend I make something for my family. I am SO glad that I came across your blog and can hardly wait to try this delicious recipe :) Will be back to let you know how it goes ;)

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avatar jennifer December 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

can you please clarify for me the amount of cream cheese to use? I see (4) 8 oz – cream cheese – so is it 8 oz or 32 oz?
probably a silly question if you’ve made cheesecake before given the large discrepancy between the 2 amounts (probably on obvious answer) but I’ve never made anything like this before so I am sitting in the clueless isle :)
Thanks…it sounds amazing and my husband loves lemon (while I am always making things chocolate) so this is for him!!

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avatar MBA December 16, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Jennifer-
So sorry for the confusion. You are using 4 – 8oz bricks of cream cheese; thus, using 32 oz. Good luck and have a great day!
-Jamie

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avatar Karen May 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Thanks so much for this recipe! I had never made a cheesecake before and had been looking for a recipe that seemed sufficiently tangy. I bookmarked this one a couple of months ago and finally made it on Sunday. It turned out great, even without the blackberry coulis. Had to improvise a little with a 10-inch springform sitting in a shallow roasting pan, but it kept it from cracking and it looked as fabulous as it tasted. I took most of it to work on Monday and word spread so fast that I’m still hearing complaints from people who didn’t get to have any. Will definitely make it again!

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