Super-easy lemon cheesecake

August 14, 2017 (Last Updated: March 2, 2020)
Super-easy lemon cheesecake

Gone are the days of overly fussy cheesecakes! Condensed milk makes this version quick, super-easy and oh, so dainty…

Recipe and styling by Sarah Dall

Photograph by Myburgh du Plessis

Super-easy lemon cheesecake

Serves: 3
Cooking Time: 30 mins + 1 hr, to chill



  • 50g melted butter
  • 100g ginger biscuits, crushed into crumbs

  • 5g gelatine powder
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) cold water
  • 125g cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ tin (190g) condensed milk
  • zest of 1 lemon + extra, to garnish
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) lemon juice
  • 125ml (½ cup) fresh cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • fresh blueberries, to serve



For the crust, mix the melted butter into the ginger biscuit crumbs (blitz the biscuits in a food processor or place them in a bag and use a rolling pin to crush them). Spoon the ginger biscuit crust into 3 serving glasses and refrigerate, 5 – 10 minutes.


For the filling, soak the gelatine powder in the cold water and set aside until needed. Stir the cream cheese to soften, then add the condensed milk, lemon zest and juice. Beat together with an electric mixer until smooth.


Melt the gelatine on high in the microwave, 8 seconds, and stir it into the condensed milk mixture. Gently fold in the stiffly whipped fresh cream, divide the mixture over the crusts and place the glasses, covered, in the fridge, 1 hour. Serve topped with fresh blueberries and extra lemon zest to garnish.

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