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Auntie Loulla (Loulla Astin) is my mother’s sister and the award winning restaurateur of the famous Kosmos Greek Taverna in Manchester.

Her career has seen her cook on TV many times, including presenting her own cookery series on SKY and she was even invited to meet The Queen at Buckingham Palace too.

Here she shares her amazing New York Cheesecake recipe which happens to be my husband’s all-time favourite dessert.

New York Cheesecake


New York Cheesecake

Over to Auntie Lou:

Everybody thinks cheesecake is American or French, but the truth is it was invented by the Ancient Greeks for the first Olympics. The Americans have definitely perfected it though!

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New York Cheesecake



  • 175g (6oz) digestive biscuits
  • 75g (3oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 50g (3oz) caster sugar


  • 600g soft cheese
  • 170g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 275g (1/2pint) double cream


  • 250g (8oz) blueberries or blackberries (we used blackberries)
  • 3tbs caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1tbs water

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Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350f, Gas mark 4.Grease and line 1x23cm (9inch) spring cake tin. Place biscuits with the sugar in a food processor and process for a few seconds. Add the butter and process again until mixed. Tip into the tin and press lightly and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

Place all the filling ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and pour onto base.

Bake for 50 minutes until set and golden all over, but not brown. Turn the oven off, leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven with the door open. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

Heat topping ingredients until blueberries/blackberries burst and pour over cheesecake, decorate and chill until set, or spoon over just before serving.

Always remove the cheesecake from the fridge at least ½ hour before serving as it tastes nicer that way!

New York Cheesecake

Do also join Loulla’s private Facebook Group which has thousands of members: Loulla’s Recipe Share.


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53 Responses

  1. TheBoyandMe

    Dammit! Again with the damned eggs! I shall have to get Mr. TBaM to do that bit for me as I can’t miss out on this recipe.
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  2. BlueBearWood

    Oh my goodness that looks totally divine. I want some! I am so going to be checking out your families restaurant when I’m in Manchester next.

  3. jenny paulin

    oh my i have just fallen in lust with this cheesecake! it looks stunning x
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  4. Sonia Constant

    What an amazing family you have, you are so super lucky.
    This cheesecake looks the bomb! I am watering at the mouth just looking at your wonderful photos.

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  5. BakedPotato Mummy

    My husband adores baked cheesecake. It’s one of his favourite desserts ever. He’s coming home for 3 weeks next Wednesday, so I’ve pinned this to make for him when he’s home. It looks amazing!!
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  6. Ebabee

    ooh la la… this is talking to me! I am not a huge dessert person but give me baked NY cheesecake and I will do whatever you want. Saving this to make this weekend – looks DIVINE!

    • honestmum

      Haha! Gosh I love a NY cheesecake too, hits all the right spots, we need a girly meet up to devour one together, we can take on a whole cake right, Nomita? x

  7. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    I love cheesecake and never have it often enough, your photos in the post are amazing, making me hungry!
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  8. WallyMummy

    I hope you realise this has been one of my biggest preggo-cravings to date! lol 😉 That is making me salivate! haha x I demand you bring it to me 😉 I’m too fat to move now. (could be down to previous cheese-cake consumption but let’s juts say it’s all baby) xx

  9. Jane

    That looks extremely tasty! Although I did pretty much single-handedly eat your orange cake last week! Do you use extra lighting in your food styling shots?
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Jane that’s hilarious, so glad you like it. We do sometimes set up lights but not very often and not for these shots, shooting in daylight always best and my husband is an incredible photographer x

  10. PottyMouthedMummy

    Looks divine, as you can see from my recipe this week – we love blackberries here!! Gorgeous pictures xx
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  11. Aimee

    I bloody love cheesecake and this looks amazing!!! <3
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  12. Jenny

    This looks absolutely stunning and SOOO delicious. I love cheesecake of any kind. I will definitely have to try out your aunt’s amazing recipe. One to pin for sure! Thanks for hosting and sharing this lovely. #tastytuesdays
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  13. becky

    This looks AMAZING!! My Nan just bought us some freshly picked blackberries perfect use for them! 🙂 X
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  14. Eileen Teo

    Thanks for this recipe and also the information! I always thought they are America dessert.
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  15. Mel

    Who would have thought cheesecake originated in Greece? You learn everyday! Perfect way to use those blackberries w find everywhere at the moment. x

    • honestmum

      I know couldn’t believe it when my Aunt emailed me the recipe and I discovered that too! The Greek rock huh! Ha! x

  16. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Great tip about taking the cheesecake out of the fridge first too! It makes a huge difference and it’s so easy to forget!! …Then it just tastes fantastic for those diving in for a second serving 🙂
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