I don’t make cheesecake very often, once a year if that, but I can’t think why I don’t make more of them. Except that of course they are not on our diet sheet. I dread to think how many zillions of calories there are in a single slice.
I recently went on a blueberry picking trip with some friends and came back with 4½ kilos of the most gorgeous, plump and tasty blueberries, most of which are now in the freezer. With other friends coming round for a bbq I knew exactly what I should do with the ones I kept back. Cheesecake.
It was hardly any effort to make and delicious. I used a recipe from the Delicious Magazine website that you can see here, except that as usual I adapted it to what I had in stock. Here in France you can get digestive biscuits, called Sablés Anglais, but I have never seen gingernuts in the shops, and I didn’t have a vanilla pod but used vanilla paste which I brought back from the UK.
I even made a blueberry compote to serve with it. You can see the recipe for that here. As I was making it, it didn’t seem to be thickening much and I wondered when to stop cooking so that I ended up with coulis not jam. Jam it was. But with a bit of a stir It still worked when dolloped onto a slice of the cake.
Definitely a recipe I will do again and easily adaptable for other fruits I think.
50g butter, melted
200g ginger biscuits, crushed (or digestives)
1 vanilla pod (or one teaspoon vanilla bean paste)
350g cream cheese
125g caster sugar
2 tbsp cornflour
3 large eggs
Grated zest of 1 small orange
Preheat oven to 280°C / 160° fan / gas mk 4. Grease a 24cm, deep springform tin.
Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and spoon into the tin. Pat down evenly and firmly and chill for 10 mins or while you prepare the filling.
Put the vanilla seeds (or vanilla bean paste) into a large bowl with the mascarpone, cream cheese, sugar, cornflour, eggs and orange zest. Beat with an electric whisk until well blended.
Put a handful of blueberries aside and stir the rest into the mixture. Pour into the tin. Place the tin on a baking sheet then scatter the remaining berries on top of the mixture, pushing them in slightly.
Bake for 45-60 mins until golden brown and almost set. (Mine was done after 45.) Open the oven door and leave the cheesecake inside to cool.
Chill in the fridge for several hours or overnight, run a knife around the tin to release and dust with icing sugar before serving.
For the blueberry compote (optional)
Put 250g blueberries into a pan with 100g caster sugar and cook until thickened. Serve cool, spooned over each slice of cake.
Cuts into at least 12 servings.