Recipe: Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

Recipe Wednesday: Cheese

1  pound  cream cheese
7/8  cup  sugar
4  teaspoons all purpose flour
1  teaspoon vanilla extract
zest from 1/2 of a lemon
2  large   eggs
1    egg yolk
10  tablespoons Lemon Curd Filling (see recipe below)

10    tart shells (we suggest graham cracker crust)
10  tablespoons Lemon Curd Filling

Cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down bowl after each addition. Add egg yolk and scrape down bowl.
Divide mixture between 10 tart shells. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon curd filling to each tart and swirl into mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees, center of oven, for 25 minutes. Rotate and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes.
When cool, spread 1 tablespoon of lemon curd filling over the top of each tart.
Makes – 10 tarts

Lemon Curd Filling

4   egg yolks
4 ½  ounces  sugar
3 ounces  lemon juice
1 pinch   salt
Zest only from one lemon
1/8 pound  softened butter

Measure all ingredients (except butter) into a pot. Cook on low-medium heat stirring frequently till bubbles begin to form.
Remove from heat, strain and stir in butter.
Makes – 12 fluid ounces

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