Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with a White Chocolate Topping

I remember the first time I had mascarpone,  Mama Jeanette had made a cheesecake for dessert, it was a  blend of ricotta and mascarpone,  a different type of cheesecake than I had been use to and my introduction to that wonderful cheese.  I kept calling it mars-capone, and Mama Jeanette would laugh and say “Sonny boy, just because the moon is made of green cheese don’t think that Mars is made of  mascarpone ” , she would laugh and tell me what a silly boy I was.    So many things remind me of the days I spent under Mama Jeanette’s tutelage and so many foods take me back to those times.    Food can trigger so many memories, just like a song, it can magically transport you to another place and time.

I’ve found many uses for that creamy version of Italian cream cheese that Mama Jeanette shared with me, but cheesecake has got to be my favorite way to showcase that glorious cheese.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with Pistachio crust and a white chocolate topping

My wife loves cheesecake, but after two pieces she’ll leave the rest for me…..sigh, thank goodness for neighbors!   I do enjoy a good cheesecake and although I do like ricotta cheesecakes, my favorite will always be New York style.    Of course I did take some liberties with the ingredients in my version using half mascarpone instead of all cream cheese.

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with a Pistachio Crust and a white chocolate topping

I like a simple cheesecake, without too many additions, but I’ve been known to get a little adventurous with my ingredients depending upon what I have on hand.    Thankfully I still have a good supply of Meyer Lemons, and you know what my philosophy on Meyer Lemons is,  “When life give you Meyer Lemons…..You gotta Bake”

I kept thinking about a sour cream topping for my cheesecake and even had some Lemon Greek Yogurt that would have worked nicely in the  topping, but I decided a layer of white chocolate would add just the right touch to my Meyer Lemon Cheesecake.    My crust included salted toasted pistachios so when I served my cheesecake, along with the fresh blueberries I added a few of pistachios.  What a nice combination of flavors!

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with a pistachio crust and white chocolate topping

If you like lemon, this version of my cheesecake should be on your must make list, and when you do make it I hope you enjoy it as much as Lisa and I did.

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Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with a White Chocolate Topping
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
crust
  • 11/2 cup digestive biscuits orgraam cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup ground pistachios
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
Filling
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
Topping
  • 4 ounces white chocolate- melted
Instructions
crust
  1. Place the digestive biscuits in a food processor and pulse to a fine crumb, place in mixing bowl
  2. Add pistachios to the food processor and pulse to finely ground, add to mixing bowl
  3. Add melted butter and mix well.
  4. Press crumb mixture into the bottom and sides of a 10 inch springform pan.
  5. Bake crust for 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees
  6. Cool on a wire rack.
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cheeses, sugar, lemon juice, zest and vanilla until smooth.
  8. Add eggs one at a time, beat on low speed just until combined.
  9. Pour over crust.
  10. Wrap filled springform pan with foil around bottom and part way up the sides, then place the pan into a roasting pan big enough to hold it adding water until it comes up halfway on the springform pan.
  11. Bake at 325° for 60-70 minutes or until center is just set and top begins to brown.
  12. Remove springform pan from the oven, and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  13. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer then refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
Topping
  1. Place a stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water and melt white chocolate, making sure not to allow any water to get into the chocolate. Make sure heat does not get too high or it will burn the chocolate.
  2. Allow chocolate to cool for about 10 minutes then spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake.
  3. Place back into refrigeration until chocolate sets up, about 30 minutes.
  4. Slice Cheesecake with a warm knife and serve with blueberries or fruit of your choice
Notes
* White chocolate does harden and may be difficult to cut. I have cut down the original amount of white chocolate to make it a thinner layer which will cut and eat easier. My other suggestion would be to use a dark chocolate thinned out with heavy cream, which will soften up nicely when allowed to sit for awhile and will also cut much easier. If you do use dark, semi sweet or milk chocolate you can use 8 oz of regular chocolate with about ½ cup of heavy cream added to thin it out. You can of course do without the chocolate all together and top the cheesecake with fresh fruit

Spring is finally here and there’s something about lemon that says sunshine to me.  I hope it adds a little sunshine to your life today.

See you soon!

Comments

  1. Do you have any idea what cheesecake does to me? It makes me go bonkers… in the best possible way. A slice and I’m in heaven. This looks absolutely marvelous, my friend.

  2. You don’t have to convince me…this just went on my must-make list!

    Also, I’ve been saying mascarpone incorrectly, apparently.

  3. Oh wow Chef! This is incredible! Mr.SweetButter would swoon over this, which would make baking this all the more worth it to see.

  4. This combination of flavors is amazing!!! Love it!

  5. Meyer lemons and mascarpone sound like a perfect match for cheesecake!

  6. Looks amazing!! I like the match lemon+mascarpone, is one of my favourites for cheesecake. I need to try the chocolate topping!

  7. I could hug you. Everything about this says it was made for me (a girl can dream, right?). I love New York-style cheesecake. I love white chocolate and I love citrus. I love my cheesecake without a lot of frills and adornments. This is perfect. It’s beautiful. I’ll be right over.

  8. Oh this will be great for Easter! I always make some kind of cheesecake for the family dessert. And with Meyer lemons – my sons will flip! Thanks for sharing, Chef Dennis! Have a great Easter holiday!

  9. brilliant idea in making cheesecakes.. thanks chef.. :)

  10. Dennis, I loved the Mama Jeanette quote you shared about “Mars-capone.” Too funny! I pronounced it like a Martian, too, until a few years ago. :)

    • I still spell it like I say it, but after getting notes from some of my Italian friends about my misspelling, I keep rechecking to make sure I spell it right.

  11. Wow!!! That looks so gorgeous and yummy:)

  12. Oh how I love cheesecake and I have always though that cheesecake that has lemon in it is the absolute best. It adds such a nice freshness!

  13. I on the New York Style Cheesecake team as well. This recipe looks divine. I love the pistachios in the crust. Genius.

  14. That looks heavenly Dennis – lemony cheesecake is the best!

  15. This looks incredible! I have been wanting the perfect cheesecake recipe to try out as my husband and I LOVE cheesecake. My MIL makes the best cheesecake ever, but I am determined to make one at least as good, and this maybe it! Even better, my lactose intolerant, allergic to dark and milk chocolate, husband can eat this as he can eat white chocolate and cheese!

    • Thanks Ruth, It is a very good cheesecake, the only problem I had was with the white chocolate topping, after being refrigerated it got too hard to cut, so keep that in mind if you do make it.

  16. sorry for my english, a recipe very rich and beautiful photos

    kisses

  17. Hi Chef Dennis

    I’ve never heard of digestive biscuits, can I use lorna doons crused cookies for the crust.

  18. Shannon T says:

    I made this today for Easter. It was delicious! The marscapone added a rich, silky texture and the cheesecake was light. I think it would be great with regular lemons as well.. When melting the white chocolate, I added 1Tablespoon water and 1tablespoon amaretto. It made the chocolate softer so that it cuts nicely and gives a little almond flavor…it worked out great!

  19. Thank you for your advice on the white chocolate topping. I make a similar cheesecake with white chocolate topping, but the topping is always too hard. Is there a reason you don’t suggest using the heavy cream with the white chocolate?

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