Greek Honey Sesame Cheesecake

Greek Honey Sesame Cheesecake Recipe

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Sally Sibthorpe


I originally made this cheesecake for a greek friend. It's based on the traditional greek huliday candy called halvah. Even for people who aren't greek, it's a tasty dessert!


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20 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


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2 c
cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
4 Tbsp
melted butter
1/4 c
sesame seeds


4 pkg
cream cheese (8 oz)
1/3 c
1/2 c
1/4 tsp
large eggs, room temperature
1 c
greek yogurt
1/2 c
whipping cream
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
2 Tbsp
lemon peel
4 Tbsp
tahini (sesame seed butter)


1/4 c
1/2 c
sesame seeds
1 c
apricot nectar
strip lemon peel (about 2 inches)

How to Make Greek Honey Sesame Cheesecake


  • 1For crust:
    Preheat oven to 325°F. Generously butter 10-inch-diameter springform pan. Double-wrap outside of pan with heavy-duty foil. Blend cracker crumbs, melted butter sesame seeds. Press mixture onto bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake until crust sets, about 10 minutes. Cool. Keep oven on.
  • 2For filling:
    Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in sugar, honey, and salt, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sgreek yogurt. whipping cream, lemon juice, lemon peel, and tahini.
  • 3Pour filling into crust. Place springform pan in large pan. Pour enough boiling water into pan to come 1 inch up sides of springform pan. Bake cheesecake until filling is set and golden brown on top, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Turn off oven and prop open oven. Let cake stand in oven 1 hour (cake will fall slightly, and that’s ok).
  • 4Remove springform pan from water bath. Remove foil and cool cheesecake completely. Cover and refrigerate until cold. Release pan sides from cheesecake, and transfer cheesecake to a serving plate.
  • 5While cake is chilling, mix topping ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove lemon peel.

    To serve, spoon topping over cheesecake slices. Garnish with a lemon twist, if desired.

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