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Dee Fontenot


1 ounce Nabisco's Barnum's Animal Crackers
3 tablespoons sugar.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and kept warm.

1-1/4 cups ( 8 ounces) sugar.
1 tablespoon grated zest plus 1/4 cup juice from
1 to 2 lemons.
1-1/2 pounds (three 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, cut into rough 1-inch chunk and left to stand at room temperature 30 to 45 minutes.
4. large eggs, room temperature.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
1/2 cup heavy cream.

1/3 cup juice from 2 lemons.
2 large eggs plus 1 large egg yolk.
1/2 cup (3-1/2 ounces) sugar.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled.
1 tablespoon heavy cream.
Pinch of salt.

1. FOR THE CRUST: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. In food processor, process cookies to fine, even crumbs, about 30 seconds (you should have about 1 cup). Add sugar and pulse 2 to 3 times to incorporate. Add warm melted butter in slow, steady stream while pulsing; pulse until mixture is evenly moistened and resembles wet sand, about ten 1-second pulses. Transfer mixture to a 9-inch spring form pan; using bottom of ramekin or dry measuring cup, press firmly and evenly into pan bottom, keeping sides as clean as possible. Bake until fragrant and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 30 minutes. When cook, wrap outside of pan with two 18-inch square pieces heavy-duty foil; set spring form pan in roasting pan.

2. FOR THE FILLING: While crust is cooling, process 1/4 cup sugar and lemon zest in food processor until sugar is yellow and zest is broken down, about 15 seconds, scarping down bowl if necessary. Transfer lemon sugar to small bowl; stir in remaining 1 cup sugar.

3. In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on low to break up and soften slightly, about 5 seconds. With machine running, add sugar mixture in slow steady stream; increased speed to medium and continue to beat until mixture is creamy and smooth, about 3 minutes, scarping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Reduce speed to medium-low and add eggs 2 at a time; beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping sides and bottom of bowl well after each addition. Add lemon juice, vanilla, and salt and mix until just incorporated, about 5 seconds, add heavy cream and mix until just incorporated, about 5 seconds longer. Give batter final scape, stir with rubber spatula, and pour into prepared spring form pan, filling roasting pan with enough hot tap water to come halfway up sides of spring form pan. Bake until center jiggles slightly, sides just start to puff, surface is no longer shiny, and instant-read thermometer inserted in center of cake registers 150 degrees, 55 to 60 minutes. Turn off oven and prop open even door with potholder or wooden spoon handle; allow cake to cool in water bath in oven for 1 hour. Transfer spring form pan without foil to wire rack; run small paring knife around inside edges of pan to loosen sides of cake and cool cake to room temperature; about 2 hours.

4. FOR THE LEMON CURB: While cheese-cake bakes, heat lemon juice in small nonreactive saucepan over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Whisk eggs and yolk in medium nonreactive bowl; gradually whisk in sugar. Whisking constantly, slowly pour hot lemon juice into eggs, then return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until mixture registers 170 degrees on instant-read thermometer and is thick enough to cling to spoon, about 3 minutes. Immediately remove pan from heat and stir in cold butter until incorporated; stir in cream, vanilla, and salt, then pour curd through fine-mesh strainer into small nonreactive bowl. Cover surface of curd directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until needed.

5. TO FINISH THE CAKE: When cheesecake is cool, scrape lemon curd onto cheesecake still in spring form pan; using offset icing spatula, spread curd evenly over top of cheesecake. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. To serve, remove sides of spring form pan and cut cake into wedges.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
12 to 14
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
Several hours.




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