Tieghan Gerard - Lemon Sugar Cheesecake

Tieghan Gerard - Lemon Sugar Cheesecake
Tieghan Gerard's creamy and fluffy cheesecake is also known as a Burnt Basque Cheesecake.
Simple Lemon Sugar Burnt Basque Cheesecake
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Tieghan Gerard Makes Lemon Sugar Cheesecake - Home & Family
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400° f. Lightly butter a 9-inch spring-form pan and line with parchment paper going up the sides of the pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, 3/4 sugar, and 1 tablespoon lemon zest on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl until very smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time until the eggs are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then reduce the mixer speed to medium-low. Add the cream and vanilla, beat until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Sift the flour and salt into the batter, then beat again to combine, about 30 seconds. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Sprinkle the top of the cake with half of the lemon sugar, reserving the remaining sugar for serving.
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes, until deeply golden brown on top and still very jiggly in the center. Let the cake cool 5 minutes, then unmold. Let cool completely. Slice into wedges and serve at room temperature or chilled. I like room temp best.