Recipe

Roasted cherry cheesecake

If you think regular cheesecake is delicious, try it with the addition of juicy roasted cherries. Baking them brings out their natural sweetness, perfect swirled through a cool and creamy centre.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 55 mins cooking
  • 30 mins marinating
  • Serves 10
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Ingredients

Roasted cherry cheesecake
  • 500 gram cherries, seeded
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 200 gram ginger nut biscuits
  • 1/3 cup (40g) almond meal
  • 75 gram butter, melted
  • 750 gram cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup (240g) sour cream
  • cherries, for serving
Vanilla cream
  • 1 cup (240g) sour cream
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind

Method

Roasted cherry cheesecake
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 120°C (100°C fan-forced). Combine cherries and caster sugar on a baking paper lined oven tray and roast for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until cherries are tender.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, grease a 22cm springform pan, line the base with baking paper. Process the biscuits until fine, transfer to a medium bowl. Add the almond meal and butter until combined. Press the mixture firmly over the base of the prepared pan.
  • 3
    Increase the oven temperature to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Bake the biscuit base for 10 minutes. Cool while preparing the filling.
  • 4
    Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl until soft and smooth. Add the sugar, then eggs one at a time, followed by vanilla, rind and juice; beat until smooth.
  • 5
    Beat in the sour cream on low speed until just combined; fold in cherries.
  • 6
    Spread the mixture over the biscuit base, smooth the top. Bake for about 45 minutes or until just set.
  • 7
    Turn off the oven and cool for 30 minutes with door ajar.
  • 8
    Make vanilla cream: Beat sour cream, cream, sugar, vanilla and rind in medium bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  • 9
    Just before serving top cheesecake with Vanilla Cream and fresh cherries.

Notes

Undecorated cheesecake suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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