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2000s Recipes + Menus

Key Lime Cheesecake with Mango Ribbons

Serves8 to 10
  • Active time:1 hr
  • Start to finish:8 hr (includes cooling)
May 2002
If you can't find fresh Key limes in your area, you can substitute bottled Key lime juice. We've tried several different kinds in our test kitchen, and the only one we like so far is Manhattan brand.

Watch food editor Melissa Roberts introduce Key limes and demonstrate how to juice the tiny fruits.

For crust

  • 1 1/4 cups fine graham cracker crumbs (5 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted

For filling

  • 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh Key lime juice (strained from about 1 1/2 pounds Key limes) or bottled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs

For topping

  • 2 large firm-ripe mangoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Key lime juice (strained) or bottled
  • 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Special equipment:

    a 9- to 9 1/2-inch springform pan; a mandoline or other adjustable-blade slicer

Make crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350º F and butter bottom and side of springform pan.
  • Stir together crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press evenly onto bottom and one-third up side of pan. Bake crust in middle of oven 8 minutes and cool in pan on a rack.

Make filling:

  • Reduce oven temperature to 325º F.
  • Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until fluffy, then beat in sugar. Add lime juice, sour cream, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Mix in flour and salt at low speed, scraping down side as needed, until just incorporated, then add eggs all at once and mix just until incorporated.
  • Pour filling into crust and set springform pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake cake in middle of oven until set in center, 1 hour 1 hour and 10 minutes. Cool completely in springform pan on rack. (Cake will continue to set as it cools).
  • Run a thin knife around edge of cake and remove side of pan. If desired, transfer cake with a large metal spatula to a serving plate.

Make topping:

  • Peel mangoes and, leaving fruit whole, slice very thinly lengthwise (slightly les than 1/8 inch thick) with mandoline (use caution—peeled mango is slippery). Halve wide slices lengthwise. Gently toss mango slices with lime juice.
  • Beat cream with sugar in a bowl with electric mixer until it holds stiff peaks, then spread over top of cheesecake. Bending and curling mango slices, arrange them decoratively over cream.
Cooks' notes: Cheesecake (without topping) can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. If desired, bring to room temperature. Add topping just before serving.
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