One of my most favorite people in the world – who lives much to far away – made this lovely cake for me when I saw him last. Far too much time has gone by since our last visit, and hopefully we will be able to remedy that at some point, but I have this light and lemony cheesecake – that requires no baking – to remind me of him each time I make it.
This cake is a snap to put together, is lovely for company, and can be changed a bit to suit your mood. It’s a one bowl, no fuss, no muss wonder. I love that I don’t have to tie up my oven and the most fiddley bit is bashing up the digestives – which can be a wonderful stress reliever!
- 200g pack of digestive biscuits
- 50g melted butter
- 2 x 250g tubs marscapone
- 40g icing sugar (sifted)
- finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
NOTE: I used McVitie’s because I can find them. You can use gingersnaps or graham crackers. Laurence believes the original recipe was limes, not lemons. My lemons were quite large and juicy so I only used 1 1/2.
Crush biscuits. Mix crushed biscuits, butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon for the base.
NOTE: I put the biscuits in a ziplock bag and bashed them to bits with a rolling pin. Thank you teaching me that one, Nigella!
Press into bottom of an 8″ springform pan and set aside.
NOTE: Although Laurence’s recipe didn’t say to, I put the crust in the fridge while I am mixing the filling to just let it set a little. If you’re using gingersnaps, skip the cinnamon. And don’t be worried about the size of the springform – mine happens to be 8″, so that’s what I use.
Beat together the marscapone, icing sugar, zest and juice.
NOTE: Being the chocoholics that Laurence and I are known to be, we also have been known to crush a Flake bar into the mixture. It adds a nice texture and flavor to the marscapone and lemon.
Smooth mixture over base and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 mins.
Once chilled, decorate with your favourite fruit.
NOTE: Strawberry is my favorite, but it would work quite nicely with grapes or blueberries or blackberries, whatever is your favorite. To gild the lily a bit, add more crushed Flake over the top.