bruno albouze lemon cheesecake

Lemon Cheesecake

Yields12 ServingsPrep Time1 hrCook Time15 minsTotal Time1 hr 15 minsDifficultyIntermediateRating


Granola Crust
 80 g old-fashioned rolled oats
 15 g white quinoa
 15 g chia seeds
 40 g hazelnuts, crushed
 40 g sliced almonds
 60 g honey
 30 g butter
 500 g water
 400 g sugar
Bouddha's Hand Zest
 200 g bouddha's hand citron*
Lemon Zest
 20 g lemonEureka lemon or similar variety
Honey-Marinated Lemon Supreme
 120 g Meyer lemon supremesfrom 4 lemons
 80 g honey
Cheesecake Filling
Ganache Montée 1
 200 g heavy cream, hot
 100 g white chocolate
 100 g heavy cream, chilled
 2 g gelatin
Cream Cheese Mixture 2
 700 g cream cheese Philadelphia
 1 g salt
 80 g powdered sugar
 30 g lemon juice
 5 g lime zest from one lime
Soft Lemon Jelly
 180 g lemon juice
 140 g syrup from zests
 60 g sugar
 8 g agar-agar use 100% pure seaweed powder



This lemon cheesecake version will surprise you. The granola base offers a ''healthier'' and crustier alternative to the classic graham crackers bottom. For the filling, I wanted to create something that matches the texture of the classic baked cheesecake but less compact. This recipe makes one 8 inch/20 cm by 2 inch/5 cm tall cake ring. Yield 10 to 12 servings. Make a day or 2 ahead. This no bake cheesecake can also be kept frozen for up to 2 months.


Warm up honey and butter; set aside. Mix all dry ingredients together and add the honey-butter mixture. Place the greased cake ring onto baking tray lined with parchment or silicone mat. Use 200g of the granola mixture inside the cake ring. Press down mixture using a large spoon or another device. Note that the thickness of the granola disk should not exceed 0.47 inch/1.2 cm. Save leftover granola for your next breakfast. Once granola mixture is compressed and perfectly distributed, carefully remove the cake ring, wipe it off and reserve for the cheesecake filling.



Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC. Set at 350ºF/180ºC if using a fan oven. Bake granola disk for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

cheese cake granola

Simple Syrup

Bring to a bowl water and sugar. Set aside.

Bouddha's Hand Citron

*Bouddha's hand citrons looks like a lumpy lemon with fingers and smells like paradise. It may have been brought to China from India by Buddhist monks and cultivated in ancient China near the Yangtze Valley. Unlike most citrus, the rind of the Buddha’s hand isn’t bitter but rather sweet. Use regular lemon zests if Bouddha's hand isn't available. Rince Bouddha's hand under running water and cut into paper thin slices with a mandoline. (Blanching Buddha's hand zest is optional). Place zests in a saucepan, cover with syrup and bring to a boil and cook for 3 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate.

buddha's hand citron

Honey-Marinated Lemon Supreme

Zest Meyer lemons with a lemon zester. To blanch zests, place them in a small saucepan, cover with tap water and bring to a boil, rinse under water and drain – repeat once. Cover blanched lemon zests with simple syrup. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Peel off Meyer lemons and take flesh out to make supremes. Supremes are sections of a citrus fruit with all of the pith and peel cut away, remove seeds and drain; save the juice. Cover lemon supremes with honey and refrigerate. Drain honey-marinaded supremes prior to use. Save some of the juice for the soft lemon jelly.

lemon supremes in honey

Soft Lemon Jelly

In a saucepan, gather lemon juice and use some of the syrup (140g) from both, the Buddha's hand zest syrup and honey marinated lemon supremes. Meanwhile, mix sugar and agar-agar. Heat up liquid, add sugar-agar mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring if desired. Sieve and let cool.

Cheesecake Filling
Ganache Montée

Soak gelatin in cold water to soften and drain. Meanwhile, bring heavy cream to a boil (200g) and pour in white chocolate. Let stand for 2 minutes and mix using an immersion blender. Add the softened gelatin and mix. Then add remaining heavy cream; blend well and refrigerate ganache overnight.

Cream Cheese Mixture

Spreadable cream cheese should never be used for a regular cheese cake recipe. Before whipping cream cheese, soften it up in the microwave for a few seconds or use your kitchen blowtorch when mixer is running. Beat cream cheese along with salt, sugar and lemon juice. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula or dough scraper every so often to make sure everything is thoroughly combined. Beat on medium high speed until smooth and lump free. Transfer beaten cream cheese to a large pastry bowl; keep it at room temp. Refrigerate mixing bowl for about 15 minutes or so. Beat ganache montée to soft peaks (do not over whip). Fold ganache montée into the cream cheese with a rubber spatula swiftly or do it with the mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

bruno albouze cheesecake filling


Acetate cake collars or waxed paper can be used to line the cake ring. Otherwise, cake ring should be remove with the help of an hair drier. Fill cake ring and use a small offset spatula to even out cheesecake filling. Freeze cake overnight.


Warm up lemon jelly to 86ºF/30ºC. Use about half of the lemon jelly for the cake (160g). Pour jelly onto the frozen cheesecake – carefully tilt cake in oder to spread the lemon jelly evenly. Place cake in the freezer for about 20 min to set before un-molding. Refreeze cake if necessary. Carefully, place cheesecake over the granola disk. Let cake to thaw in the refrigerator for about 7 hours and decorate harmoniously with lemon supremes and zests. Garnish with some mint leaves if desired. Enjoy!

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Valentine's Day

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3 thoughts on “Lemon Cheesecake”

  1. I”ve been waiting two years for a cheesecake recipe from you. I search for an outstanding one everywhere and everybody was doing the same, but I knew you wouldn’t. I wasn’t wrong, you are the one and only.

  2. Mr. Albouze,

    Thank you very much for sharing your one-of-a-kind talent with us. You are truly inspiring! Your creativity in savory and sweet cooking is incredible!

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