Anna Olson's white chocolate raspberry lime cheesecake

Recipe for a bright and zesty cheesecake by Anna Olson

Anna Olson recipe

A crust made from the crumbs of snickerdoodles helps to make this cheesecake special, but you could use the crumbs from virtually any crunchy sugar cookie. The citrus and berries keep this cheesecake from being too sweet or heavy tasting.

Cheesecake Crust

2 1/2 cups snickerdoodles or sugar cookies, crushed
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan.

In a medium bowl, stir the cookie crumbs with the melted butter to combine, and press mixture into the bottom and halfway up the side of the prepared pan.

Bake for 10 minutes, and cool while preparing the filling.

Cheesecake Filling

2 8-oz packages cream cheese
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp finely-grated lime zest
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 egg yolk, room temperature
4 oz white chocolate, chopped
1 cup raspberries, (plus more for garnish)

Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C). Beat the cream cheese and flour until light and fluffy.

Slowly pour in the sugar while beating, and scrape the sides of the bowl a few times while adding.

Beat in the sour cream, lime juice, zest, and vanilla until blended, and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.

One at a time, add the whole eggs and egg yolk, beating well at low speed and scraping the bowl after each addition.

By hand, fold in the white chocolate chunks and raspberries, and pour this into the cooled crust.

Place the pan on a baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes, until the outside edges of the cheesecake are set but the centre still has a little jiggle to it.

Cool the cheesecake to room temperature, then chill until set, at least 6 hours. To serve, garnish the top of the cheesecake with fresh raspberries and cut the cheesecake with a hot, dry knife.

The cheesecake will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serves 5-6