Don't miss another issue…      Subscribe

Best Londonderry Cheesecake

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


9 months

This is not a cream cheese pie. I have been using this recipe for years and although I don't make it often, it is a showstopper. The closest thing to a New York Italian cheesecake I have found.


over 7 years

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 dollap of sour cream as a garnish... that worked for me...

Add review




Bob Kenny
Dallas, Texas
 over 7 years ago

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...

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?


Add Photo

Up to 1MB in size, .jpg format


Live Feed