Lime Icebox Cheesecake
This one comes from a 2005 issue of Cooks Country magazine. The crust is baked before filling, but the cheesecake is not. "Don't rush the softening of the cream cheese. If microwaved, the cream cheese will cook slightly and eventually cause the entire cheesecake mixture to break. To speed up the process, cut the cream cheese into chunks and let it stand at room temperature for at least half an hour. When the cream cheese is no longer cold and gives easily under pressure, it's ready to use. Regular limes are just fine in this recipe."
- 1 cup animal cracker crumbs (2 boxes yield 1 cup plus 2-3 Tblsp)
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and kept warm
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 pound cream cheese, cut into 1-inch chunks and softened 30 to 45 minutes at room temperature
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice plus 2 Tablespoons grated zest from 1 lime
- pinch table salt
- 1 lime, halved pole-to-pole and sliced into 12 paper-thin wedges
- Sugar for dredging
Adapted from cookscountry.com
FOR THE CRUST
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Stir animal cracker crumbs, sugar, and zest together in medium bowl, then add butter and stir well with fork until mixture resembles wet sand.
Transfer crumbs to 9-inch springform pan and use bottom of measuring cup to firmly press crumbs into even layer over bottom of pan. Bake crust until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 13 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack, at least 30 minutes.
FOR THE FILLING
2. Pour 1/4 cup heavy cream into microwave-safe measuring cup. Add gelatin and whisk to combine. Let stand until gelatin is softened, about 5 minutes, then microwave on high power for about 30 seconds, or until cream is bubbling and gelatin is completely dissolved. Set aside.
3. Using electric mixer, beat remaining 1-1/4 cups heavy cream and sugar in large bowl at medium-high speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes (I used the regular paddle attachment for this, not the whisk attachment). Add cream cheese and beat at medium-low speed until combined, about 1 minute (a few coffee bean-sized lumps may remain).
Scrape bottom and sides of bowl well with rubber spatula. Add lime juice and salt and continue to beat at medium-low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl again. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes.
Add dissolved gelatin mixture and lime zest and continue to beat at medium-high until smooth and airy, about 2 minutes.
4. Pour filling into cooled crust and, using offset or icing spatula dipped in hot water, spread filling out evenly. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, but for best results refrigerate overnight.
5. To serve, wrap hot, damp kitchen towel around springform pan. Unlock pan and carefully lift off sides. Slip thin metal spatula under crust and carefully slide cheesecake onto serving platter.
FOR THE GARNISH
Coat both sides of lime slices in sugar and space evenly on top of cake, gently twisting the ends in opposite directions and pressing into the filling.