Leilani’s Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Leilani’s Organic Meyer Lemon Curd Cheesecake

PLANNING AHEAD

  • 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

MEYER LEMON CURD

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

CRUST

  • 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

FILLING

  • 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

THE CURD

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.

THE CRUST

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.

THE CHEESECAKE

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.

THE TOPPING

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)

FREMONT’S FORT

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.

JEFFERY HOTEL

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

Apple Ridge Farms at Apple Hill

Camino, CA 95709 – Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

Apple Hill is an area in Camino and Placerville (El Dorado County) that consists of u-pick fruit orchards (many different varieties of apples, pears and more!), pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, bakeries, fruit stands, gift shopspetting zoos, a fishing lakewineries and even a brewery. Most businesses are open from September to December, but some (like all of the wineries) are open year round. Bob and I visited Apple Ridge Farms last weekend and took home one of their homemade frozen Dutch Apple Pies…which was absolutely the BEST apple pie we’ve ever had! 🙂

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

The Apple Ridge Farms Gift Shop is where you can buy fresh apples, frozen pies, apple cider, jams & jellies, fudge and more.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Gift Shop

Long lines at the Apple Ridge Farms Bakery is very typical on the weekends, especially during the busy month of October.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Bakery, Barbeque & Grill

Apple Ridge Farms is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, plus they also have farm animals that you can feed and even pet over the fence.

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Farm Animals

This lamb really liked nibbling on the tree stump…don’t know if he got any wood crumbs, but it was very cute to watch!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

A nice variety of chickens in the chicken coop…I wonder if the different breeds lay different flavored eggs?

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

This was an absolutely ADORABLE little bunny rabbit that had all the “paparazzi” photographing away!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20)

Oh yes, now that I’ve gotten off track with all the animal cuteness I experienced at Apple Ridge Farms, let’s get back to the main reason Bob and I would go back there…for their Dutch Apple Pie!

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Dutch Apple Pie

This is a slice of Apple Ridge Farms Dutch Apple Pie that we baked from frozen for 2 hours in a 375 degree oven…and it is truly the BEST apple pie we have ever tasted! (Note to self: go back to Apple Ridge Farms and stock up on a few pies before they close on November 12, 2012. After all, they won’t re-open until September 2013!)

Camino, CA 95709 - Apple Ridge Farms (Apple Hill Grower No. 20) Dutch Apple Pie

Apple Ridge Farms
1800 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709
(530) 647-0613
appleridgepies.com

Al the Wop’s, Giusti’s Place, Bogle Vineyards

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – California Delta (Walnut Grove, CA – Clarksburg, CA)

104 miles (2 hours, 16 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/RU2N3

Starbucks Coffee – 3511 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA 95834

Al the Wop’s – 13943 Main St, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Giusti’s Place – 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Ryer Island Ferry “Real McCoy II” – River Rd, Rio Vista, CA 94571

Bogle Vineyards – 37783 County Rd 144, Clarksburg, CA 95612

Starbucks Coffee – 3511 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA 95834

Click here to read about our experience at Bogle Vineyards

Trolley Junction, Downieville, Sierraville

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Hwy 49 (Nevada City, CA – Downieville, CA)

220 miles (4 hours, 8 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/1ahU9

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Trolley Junction Restaurant – 400 Railroad Ave, Nevada City, CA 95959

The Golden Cup at Two Rivers Cafe – 116 Main St, Downieville, CA 95936

Vista Point – Hwy 49 (2 miles west of Hwy 89), Calpine, CA 96124

Sierraville – Main St, Sierraville, CA 96126

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Apple Hill September 2012

Northern California Motorcycle Ride – Apple Hill (Placerville, CA – Camino, CA)

87.3 miles (2 hours, 24 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/Yud4H

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Abel’s Apple Acres – 2100 Hassler Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

Boa Vista Orchards – 2952 Carson Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

High Hill Ranch – 2901 High Hill Rd, Placerville, CA 95667

Bavarian Hills Orchard – 3100 N. Canyon Rd, Camino, CA 95709

Jack Russell Farm Brewery – 2380 Larsen Dr, Camino, CA 95709

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Sportsman’s Hall, Hot August Nights, Beacon Bar & Grill

Northern California to Nevada Motorcycle Ride – Hot August Nights (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

197 miles (4 hours, 36 minutes) http://goo.gl/maps/GvZVP

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

Sportsman’s Hall – 5620 Pony Express Trail, Camino, CA 95709

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa – 55 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV 89449

Beacon Bar & Grill – 1900 Jameson Beach Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Starbucks Coffee – 5070 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677