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To make the crust, either combine the first three ingredients in the food processor, mix until butter is finely chopped then add egg yolk and mix to a dough or rub or cut butter into dry ingredients, then add egg yolk and mix with a fork until combined.

Press mixture onto the bottom of a buttered or sprayed loose bottomed cake tin, 20 or 23 cm in diameter. Bake base at 200 C for 5 minutes.

Soften cream cheese in a warm room or in a microwave oven (each carton warms in 30-60 seconds). Blend softened cream cheese with the sugar, flour, vanilla and very finely grated lemon, orange or tangelo rind, then add the eggs and milk and beat until evenly smooth. Use a food processor if available, or mix first by hand then using a beater, in a large mixing bowl.

Pour onto the partially cooked base. Bake at 200 C for 15 minutes, then at 150 C for 45-60 minutes, until a pointed knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Leave to stand for 30 minutes then run a sharp knife around the sides of the tin and remove leaving the cheesecake sitting on the base of the tin.

Source: Cornell Cookbook