I love cheesecake, but I sometimes get overwhelmed by the huge volumes of cream cheese required to execute the typical towering cheesecake monolith - 3, 5 even more bricks of cream cheese go into these giants. This is a thinner, low key layer of cheesecake, just one 8 ounce brick of cream cheese needed. It also has an excellent ratio of crumb base to cheese cake filling, because the graham crumbs are one of the top two reasons for eating cheesecake in the first place.
You can get all that rich, tangy cheesecake flavour, in a petite little tart package. A puddle of lemon curd on the top takes it to the next level.
lemon cheesecake tart:
adapted from Martha Stewart
1 ⅓ cup graham crumbs
¼ cup melted butter
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup + 2 tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ cup lemon curd, store bought or homemade
Combine graham crumbs and butter, and press into the bottom and sides of a 13” rectangular fluted tart pan. Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Combine cream cheese, sugar, egg, vanilla and lemon zest and juice; whisk until very smooth. Pour into graham crust and bake until just set with a slightly wobbly centre, 15-20 minutes.
Cool completely and spread lemon curd over the cheesecake. Cut into thin slices to serve.