Heavenly Lemon Cheesecake

135 mins (prep 60, cooking 75)
13 ingredients
12-16 servings
This recipe came from Cook's Illustrated. They have tried many versions of this recipe and concluded with this delicious recipe. I made it for Easter this year and it got rave reviews. I changed the crust from animal crackers (which they thought worked best) to a shortbread crust. The homemade lemon curd is optional, but well worth the effort and very tasty! Do not let the lengthy directions scare you off. I PROMISE it is well worth the effort!! Had I not made this myself, I would have sworn it was purchased- it was THAT good!!

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Serving Size (119.1 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 254.24 Calories from Fat 60.3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.7g 123.74%
Saturated Fat 4.19g 251.47%
Trans Fat 0.08g %
Cholesterol 27.3mg 109.19%
Sodium 451.53mg 225.76%
Total Carbohydrate 40.18g 160.74%
Dietary Fiber 0.07 g 3.36%
Sugars 38.28 g %
Protein 9.2g 220.8%
Vitamin A 255.67IU% Vitamin C 5.31mg%
Calcium 208.31mg% Iron 0.15mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large eggs, large egg yolk, pinch salt