This free New York Cheesecake Recipe is so rich, creamy & absolutely delicious! This New York Cheesecake recipe is made with cream cheese and a little hint of lemon.


310ml cake flour
60ml castor sugar
3ml grated lemon rind
125g butter
1 extra-large egg yolk

750g cream cheese
375ml castor sugar
10ml lemon rind
3ml vanilla essence
45ml cake flour
4 extra-large eggs
2 extra-large egg yolks
60ml fresh cream


  • Sift the flour, add the sugar and rind. 
  • Rub the butter in with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 
  • Add the egg yolk and knead lightly to mix well until it forms a ball.
  • Cover the pastry and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 
  • Press half the pastry into the base of a greased 23cm loose-bottom cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 °C for about 10 minutes, remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.
  • Roll out or press remaining pastry and place on the sides. 
  • Chill in fridge for about 10 minutes.
  • Whisk the cream cheese, sugar, lemon rind, essence and cake flour until smooth. 
  • Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time and stir in lightly with the cream.
  • Pour into the pastry base and bake in a preheated oven at 200 °C for about 15 minutes. 
  • Reduce heat to 140 °C and bake further for about 60 minutes.
  • Switch off oven and leave in for another 15 minutes.
  • Leave to cool off and garnish with fresh fruit of choice.
Makes 1 large cake


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