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Lemon-Glazed Cheesecake

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Servings: 0
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts

Ingredients:

Crust
2  cups  graham cracker crumbs
6  tablespoons  butter, melted
2  tablespoons  sugar

Filling
3  packages  cream cheese, (8 ounce)
3/4  cup  sugar
3    eggs, room temperature
1/4  cup  fresh lemon juice
2  teaspoons  grated lemon rind
2  teaspoons  vanilla
2  cups  sour cream
3  tablespoons  sugar
1  teaspoon  vanilla

Lemon Glaze
1/2  cup  sugar
1 1/2  tablespoons  cornstarch
1/4  teaspoon  salt
3/4  cup  water
1/3  cup  fresh lemon juice
1    egg yolk
1  tablespoon  butter
1  teaspoon  grated lemon rind
    curled lemon strip, garnish
    strawberries, garnish
    mint leaves, garnish

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine first 3 ingredients thoroughly. Press crust evenly onto bottom and sides of buttered 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust 5 minutes. Allow to cool.

2. Beat cream cheese until soft. Add sugar, blending thoroughly. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in lemon juice, rind, and vanilla. Blend well. Turn into pan and bake 35 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, blend sour cream and remaining sugar and vanilla. Remove cake from oven after baking 35 minutes. Gently spread sour cream mixture over top. Return to oven and bake 12 more minutes. Cool cheesecake on wire rack 30 minutes.

4. Spread with slightly cooled lemon glaze (before glaze sets). Chill several hours or overnight before removing sides of pan.

5. Lemon Glaze In heavy 1-quart saucepan mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Combine water, lemon juice and egg yolk and add to sugar mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a slow boil and thickens. Add butter and lemon rind. Allow to cool slightly, but spread on cheesecake before glaze sets. Add curled lemon strip, large strawberry and mint leaves for garnish.

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