Leilani’s Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Leilani’s Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Cheesecake


  • 9” springform pan, baking sheet for the crust, large roasting pan for the bain-marie
  • Remove butter & cream cheese from the refrigerator (needs a few hours to soften)
  • Lemon Curd (7½ hours) + crust (1½ hours) + cheesecake (12+ hours) = 21+ hours


  • 6-8 organic Meyer lemons
  • ½ cup unsalted organic butter, softened         
  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 4 farm fresh eggs


  • 1¾ cups organic Graham cracker crumbs (15 crackers)
  • 2 Tbsp. organic sugar
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt (about 3-4 turns on the grinder)
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted organic butter, melted


  • 32 oz. organic cream cheese, softened
  • 1⅓ cup organic sugar
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt (about 3-4 turns on the grinder)
  • 2 tsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 4 farm fresh eggs
  • ⅔ cup organic sour cream
  • ⅔ cup organic heavy whipping cream


1. Zest lemons to equal 2 Tbsp. Cut lemons in half crosswise; squeeze juice over a strainer into a measuring cup to equal 1 cup.

2. In a large glass bowl, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Gradually add lemon juice to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition, then stir in zest. Mixture will look curdled.

3. Microwave for 5 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals. Microwave 1 to 2 more minutes, stirring at 30-second intervals (or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon) and starts to mound slightly when stirred.

4. Place a double layer of plastic wrap directly on warm curd to prevent a film from forming and refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.


1. Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in lower third of oven. Crumb the graham crackers in a food processor, blender or placing in a large Ziploc bag and crushing with a rolling pin until finely ground. Put in a large bowl and stir in the sugar and salt. Stir in the melted butter.

2. Pour the crumb mixture into the springform pan and gently press down using your fingers until the crumbs are a nice even layer at the bottom of the pan.

3. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. While the crust is cooling, you can skip ahead and start on the filling. Wait until the crust has cooled to wrap the pan in foil in the next step.

4. Prepare the springform pan for the bain-marie:

(a) Place a 15-inch long piece of aluminum foil on the counter and put the springform pan in the middle of the foil.

(b) Gently fold up the sides of the foil around the pan. Make sure you don’t create any holes in the foil as you press the foil around the edges of the springform pan.

(c) Place a second 15-inch long piece of foil on the counter and rotate the springform pan 90° so that you can wrap the uncovered side.

(d) Repeat with a third layer of aluminum foil as you rotate the pan 90° again. This ensures that you don’t have water leaking through to the cheesecake during the bain-marie.


1. Heat oven to 325°F. Place the softened cream cheese into a large bowl. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes until smooth, soft and creamy. Add the sugar, mix for 4 more minutes.

2. Add the salt and vanilla, beating after each addition. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Add the sour cream, beat until incorporated.

3. Add the heavy cream, beat until incorporated. Keep scraping down the sides of the bowl so that all ingredients are incorporated.

4. Place the foil-wrapped springform pan in a large roasting pan. Prepare 2 quarts of boiling water.

5. Pour ⅔ of the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Pour 1 cup lemon curd over the batter in pan, then gently swirl with a knife. Carefully pour the remaining batter into the pan over the lemon curd layer and spread evenly with a baking spatula.

6. Place the roasting pan (with the springform pan in it) in the oven, on the lower rack. Carefully pour the hot water into the roasting pan to create a bain-marie for the cheesecake, pouring until the water reaches halfway up the side of the springform pan. You can also add the water before putting the pan in the oven, if that is easier for you.

7. Bake at 325°F for 1½ hours.

8. Turn off the oven. Crack open the oven door 1 inch and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for 1 hour.

9. Remove cheesecake from oven and gently run a knife around the outer edge of cheesecake to loosen it from the sides of pan, but do not remove the sides of the pan.

10. Place the cheesecake on a wire rack for 1 hour to let it cool completely.

11. Cover the top of the cheesecake with a foil tent, so that it doesn’t actually touch the cheesecake. Refrigerate for 8-24 hours.


1. Remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator. Remove the foil from the sides of the pan, and place the cake on your serving dish. Carefully open the springform latch to remove the sides of the springform pan.

2. Spoon ½ cup lemon curd over cheesecake and spread evenly with a baking spatula. Save any extra lemon curd to pour over individual slices, if desired. Curd can be stored for up to 2 weeks.

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Little Dragon, Highway 49

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Little Dragon – Hwy 49 (Mariposa, CA)

237 miles (5 hours, 27 minutes) https://goo.gl/maps/9N9NJ1MNNn82

Starbucks Coffee – 4311 Town Center Blvd #450, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Hotel Jeffery & Magnolia Saloon – 5001 Main St, Coulterville, CA 95311

Greeley Hill Market – 6386 Greeley Hill Rd, Coulterville, CA 95311

Fremont’s Fort – 37.5705680, -120.1198920

Yesterday, Bob and I (and a couple riding buddies) headed south on Highway 49 to ride the Little Dragon, a 15-mile stretch of Hwy 49 between Coulterville, CA and Bear Valley, CA with fun twisties and wonderful views…a great day trip to start the Spring riding season!

The Little Dragon is California’s version of Tennesee’s and North Carolina’s famous Tail of the Dragon. The Tail of the Dragon is a popular destination for motorcycle riders and sports car enthusiasts worldwide and it consists of an 11-mile stretch of highway with a total of 318 turns. The Little Dragon is actually 5 miles longer than the Tail of the Dragon, but with only approximately 45 turns. Here is a photo of the Little Dragon that I took from the southernmost vantage point, Fremont’s Fort:

The Little Dragon (Hwy 49 from Coulterville, CA to Bear Valley, CA)


General John C. Fremont, 1813-1890, a noted military man, explorer, topographer, senator & businessman, Fremont was also a miner. He settled in Mariposa County living just outside Bear Valley.

He operated the Josephine, Pine Tree & Princeton mines and other claims. In 1858, he returned from his travels to operate his mines and found many had been “jumped”. In taking them back, a feud developed with several groups, one being the “Hornitas League” which tried to seize one of his mines. After that incident, a fort was built to defend the “only” access to the mines. Afterward, his battles were in the courtroom.

Dedicated by
Matuca Chapter 1849
E Clampus Vitus
May 29, 1994 (5999)
Credo Quia Absurdum

Fremont's Fort at The Little Dragon (Hwy 49 from Coulterville, CA to Bear Valley, CA)

Before we fueled up and rode the Little Dragon, we stopped at the Magnolia Saloon at Hotel Jeffery, a popular lunch stop destination for motorcycle riders who come to ride the Little Dragon or for travelers heading to Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Built originally in the late 1840’s to serve the Mexican community as a Cantina and Fandango Hall. The succeeding Jeffery Hotel has been warmly praised in the memoirs of the 49er and travelers.

The hotel is among the oldest owned and operated by one family in the State of California. The current and third generation host is Edward Sackett, husband of the late Violet Thompson Sackett, daughter of Sarah Jeffery Thompson.

Matuca Chapter E Clampus Vitus
May 1973

Established in 1851, the Magnolia Saloon is California’s oldest operating saloon and even still has authentic pair of wooden saloon doors at the entry…and one of the best BBQ pulled pork sandwiches I’ve ever had! They also have a pool room and outdoor seating in a quaint courtyard setting. The Magnolia Saloon located at 5001 Main Street in Coulterville, CA is open Friday to Sunday from 11:00am to closing and Monday and Thursday from 1:00pm to closing. For more information about Hotel Jeffery and the Magnolia Saloon, please visit their website.

If you’re in Coulterville, CA and need to fuel up, the nearest gas station is 6 miles up the road in Greeley Hill. Main Street will take you up there and the Greeley Hill Market and Shell gas station will be on your right side.

Nevada City, Humpty Dumpty Kitchen

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Nevada City – Humpty Dumpty Kitchen (Grass Valley, CA)

123 miles (3 hours) http://goo.gl/maps/xIWoH

The Purple Place Bar & Grill – 363 Green Valley Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Mine Shaft – 222 Broad St, Nevada City, CA 95959

Humpty Dumpty Kitchen – 1711 E. Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

The Purple Place Bar & Grill – 363 Green Valley Rd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762