Recipe of the Month – Angela Lansbury’s “Jessica’s Cheesecake”

My goodness, this is a HUMDINGER of a recipe. I love cheesecake and I thought I had never made one before, but then I remembered Marion Davies’ Meadow Cheesecake. Whereas Marion’s was GOOD, Angela’s recipe is utterly BRILLIANT. Hence, it is this month’s Recipe of the Month. Make it!

I prettified my cheesecake with some frozen blueberries
it was such a good combo with the almond…

Of course, I am obsessed with Angela Lansbury at the moment as I have started work on the Murder, She Wrote cookbook.

I have Jessica Fletcher coming out of my ears!


I am of course now utterly determined to see if Jessica actually mentions making a cheesecake in an episode of Murder, She Wrote. Fans, let me know if you spot a cheesecake moment!


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Just skip over here to see the recipes that are up for grabs and choose one.

Angela Lansbury’s “Jessica’s Cheesecake”

1½ cups/125g graham cracker crumbs/crushed digestive biscuits

¾ cup/170g sugar plus 2 tablespoons

4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

11oz/310g cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs, well beaten

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups/480g sour cream

2 teaspoons almond extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/165 degrees C/gas mark 3.

Combine the crumbs, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the butter or margarine. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate or, just on the bottom of a springform cake tin. Bake for exactly 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Blend the cream cheese and half the beaten eggs thoroughly with an electric mixer. When blended, add the remaining eggs and mix thoroughly. Gradually add the vanilla and ½/110g cup of the sugar. Pour into the baked crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Mix the remaining ¼ cup/60g sugar with the sour cream and almond extract. Spread over the cheesecake. Turn off the oven. Place the pie in the hot oven for exactly 4 minutes. Remove, chill, and serve.

Makes 6-8 servings.

4 Responses to Recipe of the Month – Angela Lansbury’s “Jessica’s Cheesecake”

  1. Hazel 9 May, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    Ooh, I haven’t made cheesecake for ages. I’ll try this one, thanks for the recommendation.

    • Jenny 14 May, 2019 at 6:23 am #

      Hazel, this is a GREAT cheesecake. I really loved it. I recommend lining your tin with some kind of parchment paper/greaseproof paper (what is the difference between these two? I do not know…) My biscuit base did stick a bit…

  2. zelda manners 10 May, 2019 at 9:41 pm #

    Ooh, ‘eck. That looks amazing.

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