Preparing Cheesecake with Kandy Shepherd

Now we’re spending so much time at home, a lot of us are baking! I’m sharing a 
favourite cheesecake recipe. I’ve been baking this cheesecake for years and it is always well received by family and friends. The ingredients are readily available in the supermarket.

Castor Sugar


(Note: I use Australian standard size measuring cups but recipe works as well with US measuring cups)
For the crumb crust
1 x 200g packet of plain, sweet biscuits
125g butter, melted

For the filling
2 x 250g packets cream cheese
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3 large eggs
grated rind and juice of 1 medium lemon
¼ teaspoon vanilla paste
½ cup plain flour, sifted
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sultanas or raisins

Preheat oven to moderately slow, 160˚C (fan 140˚C) or 325˚F
  1. Crush biscuits in food processor (or place biscuits between two sheets of baking paper and crush with rolling pin) until the texture of breadcrumbs.
  2. Combine crumbs and melted butter. Press mixture onto base of 23cm (9in) greased springform pan.
  3. Refrigerate crust until firm.
  4. Beat cream cheese in an electric mixer or using a wooden spoon until smooth.
  5. Add sugar, beat well, add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Add lemon rind, lemon juice, vanilla, sifted flour and sour cream. Beat well.
  7. Dust sultanas with flour and stir into mixture.
  8. Pour cheese mixture onto crumb crust and place on middle shelf in oven. Bake for 45mins. Turn off oven heat. Cool in oven 30 minutes. Note: cake may crack on top.
  9. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  10. Dust top of cake with icing sugar. Serve with fresh fruit and whipped cream if desired

TIP: Which plain, sweet biscuits are best for a cheesecake crumb crust? My favourite (in Australia) is Granita or Marie. When I lived in the UK I made this crust with Digestives and my American friends use graham crackers. It’s up to you to choose a favourite!

                                                                                       Lemon Rind and Juice

Cream Cheese


Crushed Biscuit

Beat the ingredients together.
                                                                               press crumb crust into the base of a springform pan
pour cheesecake mixture into the springform pan
Cheesecake to serve

This step by step guide to making cheesecake with photos is from author Kandy Shelpherd.

Kandy Shepherd is a multi-published, award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends. She likes to travel whenever she can!

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Kandy Shepherd has a new book out this month!

One Night with Her Millionaire Boss

Always the groomsman, never the groom…

…until one night changes everything.

Ned Hudson has always known his destiny—to inherit and run his family’s rural Australian estate. Now, ready to settle down, his “wife wish list” is exact…so why can’t he get city-girl Freya Delaney off his mind? When Freya arrives to photograph his historic home, a spark ignites. And after one night of passion has unintended consequences, he might just find himself throwing the list out the window!

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  1. YuMMMM, would love to have all of these ingredients to make this right now!!!

  2. Hooray for books. And cheesecake. Love the addition of lemon to that one.

    1. Always hooray for books, Elephant’s Child! The lemon is nice in this cheesecake.

  3. That looks gorgeous.

    The women in my home have been baking up a storm. I got a bread pudding for my birthday - divine!

    1. It's my favorite dessert. It was a pumpkin bread pudding, no less. Quite lovely.

  4. That looks soo tasty.
    Best regards

  5. That recipe looks just the ticket. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  6. That looks delicious! If I had all the ingredients, I'd make a cheesecake right now!

    1. If I had the cream cheese in the fridge I’d like to make another, Sherry!

  7. love cheesecake...creamy is delicious...yummy

    1. It’s always been a favourite of mine to, Tanza!

  8. Great post dear, so nice and interesting, love it! 

  9. I love cheesecake- but I have never made it. I bet it would be delicious right about now. And the smell! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Looks perfect delicious!

    lovely Greetings

  11. Hope you're doing well!
    Have a super day!


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