When you grate the rind from a lemon or other citrus fruit, avoid grating the white pith underneath which can be bitter. You can cut back considerably on the fat, cholesterol and guilt you get from eating cheesecake by using Neufchatel cheese instead of regular cream cheese. It has about 1/3 less fat, cholesterol and calories. It won't turn cheesecake into diet food, but it will help cut overspending on the calorie budget. Source: unknown
1Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter a 9 inch springform pan. In medium bowl, stir together cracker crumbs, walnuts, melted butter and 2 Tbsp. of the sugar. press mixture evenly onto bottom and sides of prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes.Cool.
2In large bowl, beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup of the sugar with mixer. add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in lemon peel, lemon juice and 1 tsp. of the vanilla til well blended. Pour into cooled crust. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
3Meanwhile, for topping, in small bowl, stir together sour cream, remaining 2 tbsp. sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. vanilla. Remove cheesecake from oven. Gently spread topping over cheesecake. Bake 12 minutes more. Cool on rack for 30 minutes.
4Spread lemon glaze on cheesecake. Chill several hours before removing sides of pan. Garnish with white rose petals, orange peel, violets, mint leaves and lemon leaves. Makes 12 to 16 servings.
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. grated lemon peel (set aside)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 slightly beaten egg yolk
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
In heavy 1 quart pan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. In small bowl, mix water, lemon juice and egg yolk. Add to sugar mixture. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly til mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in butter or margarine and grated lemon peel.Cool slightly but don't allow glaze to become set. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.