So instead of the Crudo staff knowing me by first name and my dessert order, I decided to take matters in to my own hands and try making my own version.
Lemon Goat Cheese Cheesecake
- 5 oz. graham crackers
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a food processor, process cookies to fine, even crumbs, about 30 seconds. Add sugar and pulse two or three times to incorporate.
Add warm butter in slow, steady stream while pulsing; pulse until mixture is evenly moistened and resembles wet sand, about ten 1-second pulses.
For individual cheesecakes, spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Transfer half of the mixture to a muffin tin and press down mixture into all 12 muffin tins (this recipe will make 24 total). To make one large cheesecake, transfer entire mixture into a springform pan, pressing down firmly.
Bake until fragrant and golden brown, 10 minutes for muffin tins, 15 minutes for springform. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into pieces
- 12 oz. package fresh goat cheese, crumbled
- 2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
For the cheesecake, place cream cheese, goat cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla in large bowl. With an electric hand mixer, beat until just smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. In two or three additions, beat in sugar until mixture is creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating and scraping down sides of the bowl after each addition. Continue to beat until mixture is very smooth.
Pour batter into prepared crusts, filling them to the top. Bake until edges of cheesecake look set and the center is still soft and slightly jiggly, about 30 minutes for muffin tins, 50-60 minutes for large springform. Place pan on a rack to cool completely in the pan. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.
When the cheesecake has thoroughly chilled, unmold from muffin tin or springform pan. Carefully remove and serve.