Do you like celebrity chefs and their recipes? I have to admit that I absolutely love their cookbooks and tv shows. One of my favorite tv chefs is Annabel Langbein. She makes wonderful dishes in no time and I love her tips and accent, of course :)
She has this new cookbook called Free Range in the City and you can download a preview on her website. I fell in love with the New York Cheesecake because it requires just a few ingredients. I have to say I was a bit worried because the cake is crustless and as a crust-lover I used to think cheesecakes and cookie crusts are best friends. Boy, was I wrong! You can believe me when I say that this is the BEST cheesecake I have ever eaten. It is so moist and refreshing, you don't need a crust. I put a couple of fresh nectarines on top just for some fruity taste, but you can make it plain or add any fruit you like.
500 grams cream cheese
500 grams sour cream
1 cup sugar
2 tea spoons vanilla
finely grated zest of 1/2 a lemon
2 table spoons lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a 23cm cake form with baking paper, grease the sides with a little butter. Place all ingredients in a mixer or in a bigger bowl and mix it all up, until creamy. This should last for a minute or so. Now pour the mixture into the prepared cake form and bake for 1 1/4 hours, then turn off the oven and leave the door open for another hour. Then take the cake out of the oven and let it cool. You can top the cake with fresh fruit or enjoy it plain.