Herbal Cheesecake

In Charles Smith’s The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs, he substitutes the bright color of Calendula for the more expensive saffron. In this recipe, the petals are more than a garnish.

Lemon Cheesecake with Calendula Blossoms

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 12 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh lemon balm leaves or 2 tsp dried
  • 4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground Calendula petals

Preheat over to 325 F; grease a 10-inch angel food tube pan.  Beat egg white until they stand in soft peaks.  In another bowl, cream butter, sugar, egg yolks, and cream cheese.  Add lemon balm, lemon zest, and petals.  Fold in egg whites.  Bake 55 minutes and cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate. Garnish top with more Calendula petals.

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