Baked Lemon Cheesecake

Removal companies.  They are meant to help make the difficult process of moving house so much easier.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with our recent move.  They quite simply made the whole process of moving that much more stressful.

We were due to have packers from the removal company come to our house on Thursday last week to pack our all our belongings into boxes ready for the move on Friday when the removal company would come with a truck to pack everything we own on board and deliver it to our new house.  On Monday however the removal company called us to advise that they weren’t actually sure if our move was going ahead because they hadn’t actually confirmed anyone for the job (I’m not sure why they hadn’t told us this earlier) and wouldn’t be able to tell us until Tuesday whether the move was going to happen at all on the dates we had requested.  So we waited with bated breath.  Thankfully we received a call on Tuesday afternoon confirming the move was happening and thought that would be the end of our troubles and looked forward to settling into our new home.  How wrong we were!

On Thursday lunch time we received a call from the removal company informing us that all our belongings (which by this point were almost completely packed into boxes) were being collected on Friday with the removal truck, as planned, but they would not be delivered to our new house until Monday.  My boyfriend, who took the call, was so shocked he couldn’t speak for a few minutes, as was I when he told me.  He asked why the delivery wasn’t taking place as planned and was given various excuses, none of which made sense, especially the fact that our new house was 10 minutes up the road from our old house and it would be quicker to deliver it to the new house than to take it to their storage facility for the weekend and then pick it up Monday for delivery.  Unfortunately, despite several pleading phone calls we were told we simply would have to wait until Monday for our belongings to be delivered to our new home.

So, we were homeless for three days, and couldn’t, as planned, unpack our belongings at our new house over the weekend so that we didn’t unnecessarily impact our jobs.

While I work in the IT industry as a manager, a very different industry from removals, we are both still providing service to customers. I still cannot fathom a time nor reason where I would cause my customers so much disruption as to call them at the last minute and tell them they simply could not operate their IT systems for a couple of days.  It just wouldn’t happen.  So, being on the receiving end of poor customer service is something that annoys me no end, especially when the customer service is being provided by a nationally recognised company who, if they wanted to, could pull in the necessary resources to right any wrong.

Nevertheless, we are now in our new home, which I am very thankful for as it’s beautiful and I’m really looking forward to adding our personal touches to each room.  Most of all, I love my new kitchen, and once the unpacking is complete I can’t wait to christen it with lots of delicious cooking.  In fact, I already have a list of recipes I am waiting to cook.

Now, onto the lemon cheesecake, which I made before our move, and was something I made for my boyfriend who specifically asked if I could make him a cheesecake which he spied in an article when he saw me flipping through a food magazine.  Being someone who isn’t really a fan of cheesecake I have to admit it’s not something I think of making, but how could I refuse a pleading request from my boyfriend who made sad puppy dog eyes for further impact?  I simply couldn’t, so I scoured my cookbooks and magazine collection for a cheesecake recipe.  My boyfriend specifically asked for a basic lemon cheesecake so I settled on Ina Garten’s Raspberry Cheesecake recipe, which I adapted to suit.

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Baked Lemon Cheesecake
Recipe adapted from Ina Garten’s Raspberry Cheesecake

10 store bought biscuits
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).

2.In a food processor crush the biscuits until they form crumbs.

3. Pour the biscuit crumbs into a bowl and mix with the butter and sugar until moistened.

4. Pour the mixture into a spring form pan and press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and up the sides.  You might like to use a glass to help with this.

5. Bake for 8 minutes and allow to cool to room temperature.

Lemon cheesecake filling
450g (1 pound) cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 whole extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest ( approximately 2 lemons)
1/3 cup of Limoncello or other lemon liqueur

1. Preheat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius (450 Fahrenheit).

2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment fitted mix the cream cheese and sugar on a medium speed until light and fluffy.

3. Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and add the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, and mix well before adding the sour cream, lemon zest and Limoncello.  Mix until combined.

4. Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake for 10 minutes before reducing the temperature to 110 degrees Celsius (225 Fahrenheit) for 40 to 45 minutes.  Once cooked turn the oven off and open the door but leave the cheesecake inside for 30 minutes as the centre of the cheesecake will not be set.

5. Remove from the oven and cool and remove from the springform pan before serving.

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  1. Trudy~Veggie num num February 3, 2011  2:12 pm Reply

    Dang! That is a horror story, can't believe how some companies seem to completely forget the human element and how their actions or lack of can impact on the lives of their customers.. boo to them!! This cheesecake on the other hand looks fabulous, just the way a delicious baked cheesecake should, mmmmmmm!!! Oh, and YAY for new homes with wonderful new kitchens, enjoy setting up your place!!
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    • delicieux February 3, 2011  8:33 pm Reply

      You're right, some companies do seem to forget the human element! Anyway, we are in our house now and settling in. I just need to find a place for everything...I didn't realise we have so much stuff!!

  2. Xiaolu February 4, 2011  12:44 am Reply

    Ugh sorry about your experience! I don't have a horror story of my own but a bit of one from my boyfriend's point of view. When we moved apartments 2 years ago, I was so busy at work that I was practically there 24/7. He had to move the entire apartment full mostly with my copious amounts of cookware and food supples all by himself. He'll never let me live that down, but I was happy to find I had such a generous and patient boy.

    • delicieux February 4, 2011  7:13 am Reply

      He sounds like a keeper Xiaolu!! :)

  3. @KitchAdventures February 4, 2011  1:27 am Reply

    That's horrible! What a completely awful experience. I'm so sorry that happened to you. Moving is stressful enough without having your moving company flake on you. I don't understand how companies can treat people like that. Your business is what keeps them going! I agree with Trudy above, but they really shouldn't forget that!

    Anyway, this cheesecake looks divine. I had a goat cheese cheesecake at a restaurant last weekend and have been dying to recreate it soon. Every time I see a cheesecake I get more excited! Hope this help you feel better and that unpacking goes smoothly.
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    • delicieux February 4, 2011  7:14 am Reply

      Your goat cheese cheesecake sounds great. I love finding wonderful new dishes at restaurants and then coming home to make your own version :)

  4. RFR February 4, 2011  1:41 am Reply

    You had me at Lemon! No moving horror stories...except when I got married and finally moved in with my husband. I only have a sister and no brothers and had no idea what it would be like to live with a BOY! That's the only horror I've had in moving so far. :) So sorry about the nightmare of moving - I'm glad it's behind you now! I am looking forward to your new creations from your new kitchen!

    • delicieux February 4, 2011  7:15 am Reply

      As soon as any recipe mentions lemon it has me too!

      *laughs* Yes, living with boys can be interesting. It's not so bad when you find a good one though ;)

  5. Ellie February 4, 2011  9:29 am Reply

    Your cheesecake looks sensational!!

  6. @foodieandchef February 4, 2011  12:50 pm Reply

    Oh you poor thing - it's stressful enough without all that rubbish going on ! I remember my entire Barbie collection disappearing (age 7) when our family moved houses... tearing up even now :P Your cheesecake looks wonderful - I prefer baked ones for some reason...
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  7. @gourmandeinthek February 4, 2011  5:29 pm Reply

    That's awful, I'm sorry that the move was so stressful. I've never had a good experience with movers, they have always damaged our things or caused other problems. One time they actually held our furniture hostage in the truck while they tried to get us to pay them more money! Crazy.

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    • delicieux February 5, 2011  1:29 pm Reply

      A removal company held your furniture hostage? That's insane. Some companies really need to learn customer service.

  8. February 5, 2011  4:10 am Reply

    This looks so lovely! I can't wait to try it. I'm attracted to all things citrus right now.
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    • delicieux February 5, 2011  1:28 pm Reply

      I love all things citrus too!

  9. Natalie February 5, 2011  12:02 pm Reply

    Oh what a nightmare, and working in customer service I can't understand why anyone ever receives bad customer service. It's customer service, you're whole point is to service customers and make them happy. My partner also working in IT can never understand how anyone doesn't have systems in place for emergencies. All very silly - least you're in now!

    You had me at lemon (lemon desserts are by far the best, for me).

    • delicieux February 5, 2011  1:30 pm Reply

      I love lemon desserts too Natalie!! Great minds ;)


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