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Classic Lemon Cheesecake

Check out this deliciously simple recipe for a classic Lemon Cheesecake, courtesy of Donna Hay.

CLASSIC LEMON CHEESECAKE BY DONNA HAY

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ cup (55g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped filling
  • 330g cream cheese, softened
  • 500g ricotta
  • 4 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups (295g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • ¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1½ tablespoons water
  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream, whipped
Directions:

Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Place the flour, sugar and butter in a bowl and rub with your fingertips to form a rough dough. Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the base of a lightly greased 20cm round springform tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake the base for 30 minutes or until golden and just cooked. Set aside. To make the filling, place the cream cheese, ricotta, eggs, sugar, lemon juice and rind, and vanilla in a food processor and process until smooth. Place the cornflour and water in bowl and mix until smooth. Add the cornflour mixture to the cheese mixture and mix to combine. Pour over the cooked base and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until light golden and just set. Turn the oven off and allow to cool in the oven with the door closed. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold. Top with the cream to serve. Serves 8–10.

Jenga Guest Book Inspiration

Wedding season is upon us and NJ Bride Magazine shared our Jenga Wedding Guest Book idea with its readers.  However, these DIY Jenga Guest Books aren't just for weddings, we think these would make terrific guest books for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet Sixteens, Retirement Parties or as a Teacher Appreciation gift from the entire class.  
JENGA GUEST BOOK INSPIRATION BY NJ BRIDE

To create one is so easy, here's how:
DIY JENGA GUEST BOOK BY CHARMIOS

1. Go buy blank Jenga sized wood pieces (Charmios on Etsy sells them), about 10 thin-tipped Sharpie pens and a large glass bowl.
2. Create a fun sign—either a chalkboard type, pictured here, or a calligraphed board that matches the colors and style of your table numbers and place cards.
3. Spread out the Jenga pieces on a table, and ask guests to write well wishes on the individual Jenga pieces, so that you can “build memories.”
4. Place the glass bowl nearby so that guests can place them in here when they’re done.
This is one of those fun, easy ideas that will become a meaningful family keepsake over the years. So cute!
JENGA GUEST BOOK INSPIRATION BY NJ BRIDE
JENGA GUEST BOOK INSPIRATION BY NJ BRIDE

You can purchase blank Jenga size blocks through our Etsy shop, Charmios Craft Party, click on image below.
DIY JENGA GUEST BOOK BY CHARMIOS