24 July 2013

Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirls

Mmmmm! Summertime cheesecakes with berry syrups are here! I made this cheesecake for our weekend blueberry picking party and it was so well-received that I never got a chance to have a piece ... so today, I made another one!

This cheesecake is a simple recipe - full of lemon zest and lemon juice and a combination of Mascarpone and cream cheeses. I have switched out the graham cracker crust and subbed in a crust made with vanilla cookie crumbs. There is a raspberry syrup which is simply made with a pint of crushed raspberries, a few tablespoons of sugar, and some cornstarch. The syrup is cooked until the berries give up all their juices. The strained syrup is dropped onto the cheesecake top and swirled with a chopstick ... I love the easy little hearts ... total cuteness.

Now, if I could just get the top to not crack when I bake and chill it ... that is always my bugaboo when I bake cheesecakes. They taste great, but those darn cracks just get to me!

The extra syrup is drizzled on the plate before I plop a piece of cheesecake atop ... what a tangy sweet tart hit of flavour! Oh, the richness of a silky smooth cheesecake ... I think you'll enjoy this one if you're in the mood to bake. It's not that light fluffy cheesecake that has ricotta in it, it's more dense and the lemon is completely dominant ... so good!

Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Swirls

Bake Temps: 350° F for crust / 300° F for cheesecake

Crust Ingredients:

1 ½ c. vanilla wafer cookie crumbs, finely ground
2 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. melted butter

Raspberry Syrup Ingredients:

1 pint fresh raspberries, crushed
2 – 3 tbsp. sugar
½ - 1 tsp. cornstarch
Water to help with consistency of the syrup

Cheesecake Filling Ingredients:

1 lb. cream cheese
4 oz. Mascarpone cheese
¾ c. sugar
Zest from one lemon
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Making the Dish:

  1. Pick over the raspberries and then place them in a saucepan. Crush them, add the sugar, stirring to combine everything. Bring them to a soft boil, lower the heat and stir to make a deep red juicy mash.
  2. Strain the raspberry mash, using a fine sieve. Return the juice to the stove. Mix the cornstarch with a tiny bit of water to make a paste and add it to the juice, stirring to combine it completely, bring the heat up under the pan and stir to thicken the syrup, just until it coats the back of a spoon nicely.
  3. Remove the syrup from the heat, cover it, and set it aside.
  4. To make the crust, place the crumbs and sugar in a bowl, and toss together with the melted butter. Press the buttery crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch spring form or tart pan.
  5. Bake the cheesecake crust for ten minutes in a pre-heated 350° oven. Remove and set aside.
  6. To make the cheesecake filling, whip the cheese together with the sugar until fluffy and light.
  7. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla and continue whipping.
  8. Add the eggs, one at a time and whip  to a smooth yellow creamy consistency.
  9. Turn the cheesecake filling into the crust shell.
  10. Using a teaspoon, drop round drops of raspberry syrup around the top of the filling. Then, use a skewer or chopstick to ‘draw’ swirl design by pulling the skewer through the droplets and along the top surface of the filling.
  11. Let the design set for a minute or two before popping the cheesecake into the center of the pre-heated 300 ° oven.
  12. Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour or until the cheesecake is golden at the edges and there is a very slight jiggle at the center of the cake.
  13. Turn the oven off, tip the door slightly open and let the cheesecake cool in the cooling oven for a time.
  14. When the cheesecake has collapsed back a bit, remove the cheesecake from the oven and let it cool further on the counter top before placing it in the fridge to chill completely.
  15. Serve the cheesecake with the remainder of the raspberry syrup, drizzled nicely around the slice.


  1. It looks delicious and so beautiful!

  2. How beautiful is that!!!! The recipe sounds wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. How beautiful is that! Your creation is not helping my diet. I get weak-kneed whenever I see cheesecake and this one has me trembling. Have a great day, Susan. Blessings...Mary

  4. It sounds decadent and delicious Susan.

  5. Looks GORGEOUS! The swirls especially , look like artsy little hearts dotting the cake! Love a classic raspperry lemon cheesecake combination- yum! x

  6. is this not the most beautiful thing I have EVER laid my eyes on...? I think it is!!!... it's so beautiful yet so simple... I MUST have a slice in all its glory... thanks for brightening up my day! x

  7. I love the cute raspberry swirly hearts! And the cake looks delicious. I've always heard that if you bake cheesecakes in a water bath (put foil around the springform pan and set it in a larger pan, and then fill halfway up the sides with hot water)the top won't crack. Have you tried this?

    1. I have tried that trick, Linda and it worked on the lighter fluffier variety of cheesecake, but this heavier version was stubborn!

  8. You make everything look so beautiful!! Wish I could really come for a piece.


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