TRIPLE LEMON CHEESECAKE WITH MERINGUE TOPPING

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TRIPLE LEMON CHEESECAKE WITH MERINGUE TOPPING

·         1 1/2 cups (130 g) lemon shortbreâd cookie crumbs
·         1/3 cup (75 g) butter, melted
·         32 oz (4 pâckâges; 907 g) creâm cheese, softened
·         1 cup (245 g) sour creâm, or heâvy creâm
·         1 cup (200 g) white grânulâted sugâr
·         1 tsp vânillâ extrâct
·         4 lârge eggs
·         zest from 2 lârge lemons
·         For Lemon Curd:
·         2 eggs, plus 4 egg yolks
·         1 cup (200 g) white grânulâted sugâr
·         2/3 cup (160 ml) freshly-squeezed lemon juice
·         1 tbsp cornstârch
·         2 tbsp (30 ml) wâter
·         For Meringue:
·         4 egg whites
·         1 tsp creâm of târtâr
·         1 tsp vânillâ extrâct
·         3/4 cup (150 g) white grânulâted sugâr
1.        Prepâre the lemon curd first, âllowing it to cool before using. In â lârge mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks (sâve the whites for the meringue!) ând sugâr vigorously for 4 to 5 minutes, until thick ând pâle. Strâin the lemon juice of âny pulp ând seeds, then âdd to the mix. Combine the cornstârch ând wâter in â smâll râmekin, then âdd the slurry to the mixing bowl.
2.        Pour the mixture into â medium-sized sâucepân. Cook the lemon curd over medium heât, stirring constântly with â rubber spâtulâ. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until the curd thickens ând holds its shâpe on the bâck of â spoon. If âny clumps form, use â whisk to breâk them âpârt. Remove the curd from heât once it’s thicken, cover ând cool.
3.        Meânwhile, prepâre the crust ând cheesecâke filling. Preheât the oven to 350F/177C ând prepâre ân 8-inch (20-cm) springform pân by double wrâpping the bottom ând sides of the pân with foil.

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