Step 1: Creating the Crust
In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs, 6 tablespoons of butter, and sugar.
Press the mixture firmly along the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan to form the crust.
Set it aside while you prepare the filling.
|Step 2: Preparing the Filling
Lower the oven temperature to 300°F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar together until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time, followed by lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla. Mix until the filling is smooth and well-combined.
Step 3: Layering and Baking
Next, place the springform pan inside a larger baking pan and add hot water to the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the springform pan. Bake the cheesecake at 300°F until the edges are set and the center wobbles slightly, typically taking 35 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and let it cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove the foil from the sides of the pan and transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator to chill for about 4 hours.
|Step 4: Meringue and Assembly
For the meringue, whisk together egg whites, sugar, and corn syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer until combined. Create a simmering water bath in a medium pot and place the bowl over it, whisking frequently until the mixture reaches 160°F. Transfer the bowl to the stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whip the mixture on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and it reaches room temperature.
Transfer the meringue to a piping bag fitted with a coupler attachment and tip of your choice. Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator and the springform pan. Place it on a cake turntable and spread the remaining lemon curd evenly over the top, leaving a small border. Decoratively pipe meringue rosettes on top of the cheesecake.
Step 5: Toasting and Serving
Using a torch, lightly toast the meringue to create a beautiful golden finish. Now, your Lemon Meringue Cheesecake is ready to be sliced and served, delighting everyone with its tangy, creamy, and fluffy combination.
By following these simple steps, you can create a show-stopping Lemon Meringue Cheesecake that will impress your family and friends.
The harmonious blend of zesty lemon curd, smooth cream cheese filling, and fluffy meringue creates a dessert that is both refreshing and indulgent.
Treat yourself and your loved ones to this delightful culinary masterpiece today.