Lemon cheesecake bites are delicious fresh pastries that you make in three layers: first a bottom of shortcrust pastry, on top of that a fresh sweet cheesecake and on top of another layer of (baked) lemon curd to finish it off.
It is a delicious summer cake that is beautiful on the table, during a buffet or, for example, a high tea. Especially when you serve them on a beautiful serving stand or plateau.
Czech glassware from Skloglass
Our lemon cheesecake bites are even better on this beautiful crystal tray Skloglass. We got it a while ago and since then we couldn't wait to use it on the pictures of one of our recipes.
Skloglass sells beautiful, Czech glassware in all kinds of colors. It is a family business that has many years of experience in (hand!) Decorating the most beautiful glass objects. The traditional decorations were given a modern makeover and the glassware is now also offered in the Netherlands, via their web store.
We received crystal plateau 'bolla' with gold decorations. This is also completely transparent or with many colors, just what you like the most.
In any case, the lemon cheesecake bites will color beautifully (and I'm guessing you'll see it again in one of the photos soon!)
Do you also love small shops where products are still really made yourself? In any case, we find it a lot more fun to know where our products come from than to buy them in a large store. It's also always a fun conversation starter… people are often surprised when you can tell where a certain product is made (or even by whom) So fun!
For the shortcrust base
- 40 gr sugar
- 75 gr butter
- 125 gr wheat flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
For the cheesecake
- 400 gr cream cheese (eg monchou, mascarpone or the cream cheese for cheesecake)
- 100 gr icing sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp custard powder
- The grated zest of ½ lemon
For the lemon curd
- 125 gr butter
- 200 gr sugar
- The grated zest + the juice of 2 lemons
- 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
Preparation of lemon cheesecake bites
Start by making the pie crust. Knead all the ingredients for the shortcrust pastry together until they form a crumbly dough.
Line a baking tin (I used a 20×25 cm rectangular tin) with baking paper and press the dough for the bottom firmly in it, until the entire bottom is covered. You don't have to make raised edges. The lemon cheesecake bites do not need this.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and pre-bake the bottom for about 15 minutes, until it is slightly harder but still pale.
Meanwhile, make the batter for the cheesecake. Also for this you mix all ingredients together. Beat well with the whisk! Pour the batter on the short-baked pie crust and place the baking tin in the oven again for about 15 minutes. It is the intention that the cheesecake gets a layer on top, so that the lemon curd will not collapse. It does not have to be completely sturdy in the middle!
When the cheesecake is in the oven, make the lemon curd. To do this, melt the butter together with the sugar and lemon zest + juice in a pan. Beat the eggs and the yolk together and pour it in, while you continue to heat the mixture over very low heat.
Beat the mixture firmly with a whisk until it thickens. This happens at about 80 degrees. Then remove the pan from the heat.
When the cheesecake has baked for about 15 minutes, you can pour a layer of lemon curd over it. Now put the lemon cheesecake bites in the oven for the third time and bake for another 20 minutes, until the cheesecake has hardened.
Let the lemon cheesecake bites cool completely. First 10 minutes in the baking pan and then on a rack. Finally, cut them into squares of about 5×5 cm and serve them with a slice of lemon or some powdered sugar. Enjoy your meal!
Do you love pastries with lemon? Then try our funchi cookies !
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