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Best Londonderry Cheesecake


For all of the trouble that this cake is to make the RAVE reviews are more than sufficient reward. The recipe I had years ago called for a dollop of sour cream as a garnish. That worked for me.















1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
lemon zest
½ cup butter
or margarine
4 large egg yolks
vanilla extract
4 packages cream cheese
1 cup cheddar cheese, very old, sharp
ffinely shredded
4 large eggs
¼ cup beer
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon orange zest


Early in the day:

In a medium bowl, combine flour, 6 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel. With pastry blender or two knives used scissor fashion, cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With a fork, stir in 2 egg yolks and ½ teaspoon vanilla to form a very stiff dough. Chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425℉ (220℃) F.

Press one-third of the chilled dough evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool. Press rest of dough around sides of pan to within 1 inch of top. Do not bake.

In a large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat cream cheese until smooth' gradually add Cheddar cheese, beating until well blended - about 5 minutes. Occasionally scrape bowl with rubber spatula.

At medium speed, gradually beat in ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 ¾ cups sugar, 2 egg yolks, and remaining ingredients until blended. Beat 5 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl.

Pour mixture into crust. Bake 10 minutes. Turn oven control to 300F and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes longer or until top is firm when lightly pressed with a finger.

Cool in pan on wire rack. Cake will sink in center, leaving cracks around crust. With spatula, loosen pan side and remove. Loosen cake from pan bottom; slide onto plate; chill.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Bob Kenny

I had forgotten about this recipe... this is without a doubt the finest cheesecake I have ever made or eaten... A lot of work... but the rave reviews are worth the trouble...

about 12 years ago

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 71g (2.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 24172% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 30%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 14% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 9% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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