Show Stopping Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base

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My hands-down favorite dessert is a New York baked cheesecake. A good New York baked cheesecake. Since having had an amazing baked cheesecake at local restaurant years ago, nothing else ever stacked up. Everything else I tried was an absolute letdown. UNTIL one day I made this: Dana’s Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base. My life was complete.

Lemon baked cheesecake isn’t your everyday sort of dessert. It is a crank-it-out-at-Christmas, birthdays or special occasions only kind of thing.


This cheesecake contains several of what I would call “fancy ingredients”. They are things that you will have to buy specially. But do you know what? It is TOTALLY worth it.

All up it costs me about $15-18 to make this baked cheesecake. It is still worth it. It does use 4 x 250g/8oz packets of cream cheese. I only use the boxes of Philadelphia Cream Cheese as I find it has the least amount of fillers and rubbish in it. You want a pure, full-fat cream cheese for this recipe.

As a flavoring, I use Boyajian Pure Lemon Oil. It isn’t cheap, but it lasts pretty much forever, and it is exactly what you need for this recipe. You can substitute a lemon essence, but the flavor won’t quite be the same. I don’t like the texture of lemon rind in my cheesecake, but you could use the rind and juice of 2 lemons instead.

You can substitute a lemon essence, but the flavor won’t quite be the same. I don’t like the texture of lemon rind in my cheesecake, but you could use the rind and juice of 2 lemons instead.

While $15 is a lot in my books to spend on one dessert, I would pay $15 for one slice at the restaurant!

Note: You can make it ‘not gluten free’ by using plain flour or wheaten cornflour in the sponge, and wheaten cornflour in the cheesecake mixture.

Whatever you do, you must try this Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base – you will be so glad that you did.

Have I convinced you to give it a try yet?

Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base
Print Recipe
The best, most delicious baked cheesecake you ever did see. Or eat.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 People 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
70 minutes 4 hours chilling
Servings Prep Time
10-12 People 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
70 minutes 4 hours chilling
Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base
Print Recipe
The best, most delicious baked cheesecake you ever did see. Or eat.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 People 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
70 minutes 4 hours chilling
Servings Prep Time
10-12 People 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
70 minutes 4 hours chilling
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F
  2. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform tin with baking paper.
  3. In a bowl whip the 3 egg whites until stiff.
  4. Add 1/2C sugar, vanilla and the 3 egg yolks and beat in.
  5. Fold through 1/2C sifted cornstarch and baking powder.
  6. Pour into the tin and bake for10-12 minutes until cooked.
  7. NOTE: Don't panic if you are super good at making sponge and it rises up most of the tin. I use a ladle or spoon and simply push it back down to about 1cm/ 1/2 in thick.
  8. While the sponge is cooking make the cheesecake mix. In a bowl beat one packet of the cream cheese with the last 1/4C of the cornstarch until well combined.
  9. While the beater is running, add the rest of the creamcheese and the sugar.
  10. Beat for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides several times.
  11. Add the final 2 eggs and the lemon oil. Beat well for a further 2 minutes, scraping down the sides every minute or so.
  12. Scrape down the sides again, and add the cream. Beat until just uniformly combined.
  13. Wrap several layers of tinfoil around the cake tin. I find I need three layers to keep the water out.
    Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base
  14. Pour into your tin and smooth the top.
    Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base
  15. Add the wrapped up tin to a larger dish and add 2.5cm/1in of hot water.
    Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base
  16. Put the whole thing into the oven at 180C/350F for 70 minutes or until only just set - it will still wobble in the middle.
  17. Allow to cool on the bench for 20 minutes then chill still in the tin in the fridge for at least 3 1/2 hours.
  18. To serve, remove from the fridge 10-20 minutes before serving. Run a knife around the edge of the springform tin, then release the spring and remove the ring. Cut with a hot knife.
Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in the fridge and consume within 3 days. You can also wrap well in foil and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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I have based this recipe on the Junior’s cheesecake recipe you will find repeated over and over out in internet land.

My hands-down favourite dessert is a New York baked cheesecake. A good New York baked cheesecake. Since having had an amazing baked cheesecake at a local restaurant years ago, nothing else ever stacked up. Everything else I tried was an absolute letdown. UNTIL one day I made this: Dana's Gluten Free Lemon New York Style Baked Cheesecake with Sponge Base. My life was complete.

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