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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 lemons
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Mix crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  3. Grate zest from 1 lemon, then squeeze 1/2 cup juice from all lemons. Separate 3 eggs.
  4. Beat cream cheese and 1 cup of the remaining sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended.
  5. Add sour cream and lemon juice; mix well.
  6. Add 1 whole egg and 3 yolks, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  7. Stir in zest. Pour over crust.
  8. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until center is set; remove from oven.
  9. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
  10. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar in small bowl with mixer on high speed until foamy.
  11. Gradually add remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form; spoon onto cheesecake. Spread to completely cover top.
  12. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim.
  14. Refrigerate for 4 hours.

Since this indulgent cheesecake makes 16 servings it is the perfect dessert to serve at your next party!

Lime Meringue Cheesecake: Prepare as directed, using 4 limes.

When spreading beaten egg whites over top of warm cheesecake, gently press egg whites to rim of pan to seal. (This will help prevent the baked meringue from shrinking.) Use back of spoon to swirl top to form peaks. Bake as directed.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Kraft Foods - kraftrecipes.com