Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
4 HR
Yield
Serves : 8 to 10

How to Make It

Step 1    

Preheat the oven to 325°. Butter the sides only of a 9-inch springform pan. In a bowl, stir the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and butter until moistened. Press the crumbs into the bottom of the springform pan in an even layer.

Step 2    

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the sugar until smooth. Add the egg yolks, lemon zest and olive oil and beat until smooth.

Step 3    

In another bowl, beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to high and beat until firm peaks form. Slowly add the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and beat until the whites are stiff and glossy. Beat one-fourth of the whites into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the rest until no streaks remain. Scrape the filling into the pan and smooth the surface.

Step 4    

Bake the cheesecake in the center of the oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden and lightly cracked. Transfer the cheesecake to a rack to cool completely, then refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

Step 5    

Remove the ring and transfer the cheesecake to a plate. Cut into wedges and serve.

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