Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cake
For the Crust
- 2 cups Ginger snap crumbs (about 9 ounces of cookies)
- 4 tbsps Melted unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp Maple syrup
For the Mascarpone Filling
- 2 eight ounce packages Cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 eight ounce containers Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 3 tbsps Meyer lemon zest, from 2 lemons
- 4 Eggs, room temperature, beaten
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 4 tbsps Flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Fpr the Lemon Filling
- 4 tbsps Cornstarch
- 1/2 cup Cold water
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 2 tbsps Meyer lemon zest
- 8 Large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
- 1/2 cup Butter, chopped into small pieces
- Whipped cream, for topping
Make the Crust
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine ginger snap crumbs, melted butter, and maple syrup and stir until well mixed. Press into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan and bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool. Leave oven on.
Make the mascarpone filling
- Add the cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until creamy, about two minutes. Add mascarpone, sugar and lemon zest, beating on low speed for 1 minute, until the texture is smooth. Do not over-beat, as mascarpone will occasionally go to pieces if abused. Turn the mixer to medium and add eggs a little a time, and then the vanilla, again beating until smooth - about 30 seconds. Add flour, salt, and cayenne, beating for another 30 seconds.
- Pour mascarpone filling into the cooled springform pan and wrap the bottom and sides tightly with heavy duty tin foil to keep butter from leaking out into your oven (see headnote--springform pans are notoriously leaky). Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. The top should be slightly browned and a little jiggly in the middle. Cool for 15 minutes, then run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Allow to cool completely before adding lemon filling.
Make the Meyer lemon filling
- In a cup, stir together cornstarch and water until you have a well-mixed slurry. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine sugar, salt, lemon zest, and egg yolks, beating well with a whisk. Add in lemon juice, stir well, then add butter and cornstarch slurry, whisking again.
- Pour the lemon filling into a saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 5 to 7 minutes. It should be thick enough to heavily coat the back of a spoon. If the mixture begins to boil, lower the heat to medium-low.
- Remove pan from heat and continue to whisk for 1 minute. Push the filling through a sieve to remove any lumps, then pour the filling into the springform pan on top of the baked cheesecake. Chill for at least six hours to set the cake completely before removing the sides of the springform pan. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a slice of lemon jelly candy, if you like.