If you love cheesecake, this recipe is a keeper. More than just a plain cheesecake, the Meyer lemon infuses a mild citrus flavor, somewhat undistinguishable. The Biscoff cookie crust is a nice change from the more common graham cracker crust. I made it for the second time for company last night and everyone loved it. The Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and an orange, both sweet like an orange and somewhat tart like a lemon. If you are lucky enough to live in a warmer climate, you may be growing a Meyer lemon tree in your garden? Me … I buy them at the grocery stores when I can find them. The original recipe is here I forgot to take a picture of the finished cheesecake so I swiped this photo of it from food52.com where there recipe can also be found.
8 ounces Biscoff cookies, crumbled
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Heat oven to 350. Prepare a 9-inch springform pan.
In a food processor, blitz Biscoff cookies until finely ground. Add sugar and salt and continue to process. Slowly pour in melted butter and process again.
Press mixture into bottom and up sides of springform pan. Bake in 350 oven for 10 minutes. Remove and let crust cool to room temperature.
Meyer lemon cheesecake filling:
3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (low-fat is ok, no-fat is not)
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 Meyer lemons, zest removed and juice reserved
1 (16 oz.) carton sour cream (low-fat is ok, no-fat is not)
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
In a mixing bowl, place cream cheese and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the sugar and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add 1/2 of the zest to the cheesecake batter, reserving the remainder. Add all of the juice and the extracts to the batter, and continue to mix. Pour batter into prepared crumb crust. Place pan on baking sheet and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until cake is just set in center. Remove cake from oven but do not turn off oven.
Whisk together sour cream, 1 tablespoon sugar and remaining lemon zest. Spoon mixture onto the cheesecake and spread with an offset spatula or knife. Return the cake to the oven and bake for 10 additional minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven and let cool to room temperature. Store cheesecake, well-wrapped in refrigerator.
There are many positives to beekeeping but it’s not all fun as I have continually been reminded this past summer season. And then again yesterday.
Due to low honey stores in the hive during our last inspection, I am madly feeding the girls from both the top and the front of the hive, hoping they will build up their winter supply for food before the colder temperatures and it is too late.
Jeff is diligent about wearing his bee suit/veil whenever we do anything with the hive or bees. Me, not so much. Earlier this week the sugar syrup jars (food) needed to be replaced so I was back at our hive without my veil on. Due to a bicycle crash earlier this summer, my shoulder is injured and I don’t have the strength to do a quick change-out, thus needing to fully open the top hive cover and use both of my hands to lift the mason jar filled with 2+ quarts of sugar syrup. As per usual this summer, the girls continue to be cranky.
As I lifted the cover and set the new food jar down, one bee stung me on my wrist which created the all out “ALERT! ALERT!” for the other bees. So I screamed a little but stayed there as I was hoping to get the lid back on the hive. However as more bees started moving towards me, I moved away from the hive and eventually started running around the yard, still screaming, in an attempt to get them away from me. As I ran up the deck towards our house, I could still hear them buzzing around me. I threw off my shirt off down to my underwear, my eye-glasses flying and getting lost into the Fall leaves and scaring our 12 year old outside cat who is looking at me like wtf? Now in the house and I could STILL hear buzzing. I stripped down naked as I’m moving frantically from the door to the office to the bathroom and back into the office. Finally, no buzzing. So I am in the house, naked and blind as a bat trying to find a credit card to scrape the stinger off my face and stop any additional poison as I usually swell up nicely from bee stings. All this going on and I hear banging on our front door. It’s my neighbor, retired nurse, yelling “ARE YOU OKAY? CATHY ARE YOU OKAY??”So apparently she had seen the whole thing?
All’s well that end’s well. I did find one of Jeff’s sweatshirt’s laying on his office chair which I was able to throw on before answering the front door to let B know I was fine. I found my glasses on the deck and was able to remove the stinger that was still in my face, our kitty is recovered and it doesn’t look like there is any long-term trauma for her. There were a few honeybees in the house that I trapped and let back outside. My face as my eye has swelled but two days into it, this morning the swelling is down enough to look just like I have an eye infection.
Jeff asked me if I learned my lesson? I told him “absolutely, I’m not feeding the bees anymore!” Just kidding … I actually was out there this morning, with my veil on, making sure they had enough food.