Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Key Lime Cheesecake

My husband's birthday was this past week and I always offer to bake anything he requests for the big day.  We've had a variety of selections in the past, but this is the first year that he requested a cheesecake.  And not just any cheesecake - a key lime cheesecake.  I decided this could be challenging because it would be difficult to get a cheesecake with the level of tartness that one generally experiences in a key lime pie.  My big idea was to make the cheesecake with key lime juice and zest and then add a layer of key lime curd on top to give the cheesecake that tart punch.  Not to toot my own horn, but toot toot.  The cheesecake turned out fabulously.  The cheesecake was smooth and creamy, perfectly complemented by the tart layer of key lime curd. The photos definitely do not do this wonderful creation justice.  My husband declared this cheesecake the perfect key lime dessert!



My birthday man!
Cheesecake from Hannah's Kitchen
Key lime curd adapted slightly from Martha Stewart

1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons grated key lime zest
1/4 cup key lime juice (I use Nellie and Joe's bottled juice and it works great!)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup key lime juice
2 teaspoons key lime zest

1. For the key lime curd - combine sugar, eggs, zest, and juice in a medium non-reactive saucepan set over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken and holds the mark of the whisk, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and whisk in butter, one piece at a time, until well combined. Strain mixture through a sieve into a glass bowl. Lay plastic wrap directly on surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill 3 hours or overnight to set the curd.

2. For the cheesecake - preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

3. Prepare a water bath by placing a large pan filled with about 1/2 inch of water into the oven while it preheats.

4. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press the crumb mixture into and up the sides of a 9-inch spring form pan.

5. Wrap a large piece of heavy duty foil around the bottom of the pan to keep the cheesecake in the water bath.

6. In the large bowl of an electric mixer beat the cream cheese, sugar, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix for a couple of minutes or until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. Whisk the eggs in a medium bowl and then add them to the cream cheese mixture. Blend the mixture just enough to incorporate the eggs. Add the zest and lime juice and mix slowly until the juice is fully incorporated into the mixture.

7. Pour the cream cheese filling into the crust.

8. Carefully place the cheesecake into the water bath in the oven. Bake for 12 minutes at 475 degrees, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top of the cheesecake turns a light brown or tan color.

9. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath to cool.

10. When cheesecake cools to room temperature, cover with foil and chill for 6-8 hours or overnight.

11. After the cheesecake has chilled, remove the outer ring of the pan. Cover the cheesecake with a thin layer of the curd. You may not need to use all of the curd to sufficiently cover the cheesecake.

12. Refrigerate until serving. Top with fresh whipped cream if desired.

This post is linked to Sweets for a Saturday.


  1. This sounds delicious. I love the flavor of key lime!

  2. This looks too good to pass up! I found you through Lisa's Sweets for a Saturday link Party. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. keylime + cheesecake, what a great combination :)

  4. Hi!
    I'd love it if you'd stop by and link these up to A Themed Bakers Sunday! The theme this week is anything Citrus!
    Hope to see you there!

  5. These look yummy. Just found your blog its so fun.. Come and check out my blog

    Have a great day

  6. This look yummy!! I never tried a lime cake! Maybe time to give it a try!