Bakewell cheesecake

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(40 ratings)

Prep: 1 hr Cook: 45 mins Plus cooling and chilling

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Serves 10

This almond and cherry baked cheesecake is a heavenly marriage of two amazing desserts

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal740
  • fat51g
  • saturates27g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 200g/7oz almond biscuits
    Almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 100g toasted flaked almond
  • ½ tsp almond extract
    Almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 100g butter, melted
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 x 300g packs full-fat soft cheese
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 200ml tub soured cream
  • just over half a 300g jar cherry jam
    Cherry

    Cherry

    che-ree

    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • icing sugar and cream, to serve
    Cream

    Cream

    cree-m

    Fresh unpasteurised milk quickly separates and the fat rises to the top. This fat layer is then…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the base and sides of a 23cm springform tin with baking parchment. Bash the biscuits and 75g of the flaked almonds to crumbs – try double-bagging in food bags and crushing with a rolling pin. Mix with the almond extract and melted butter, then press into the base of the prepared tin and bake for 10 mins. Set aside to cool while you make the filling.

  2. In your largest bowl, whisk the cheese with an electric whisk until creamy. Add the sugar and whisk to combine. Whisk in the flour, then the vanilla, the eggs, one at a time, and finally the soured cream.

  3. Dollop spoonfuls of mixture into the tin, dotting in tbsps of jam as you go. Smooth the top as gently as you can.

  4. Carefully place tin on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 10 mins. Scatter with remaining almonds. Decrease oven to 110C/90C fan/gas ¼ and bake for a further 35 mins. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed and leave cheesecake to cool for 1 hr. Open oven door and leave it ajar for another hour (you can use your oven gloves to wedge it open). Cool for a third hour at room temp, then cover and chill overnight.

  5. Remove from the tin and carefully peel off the parchment. Dust with icing sugar and serve with cream.

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vanessaS
13th Jan, 2017
5.05
I have baked this twice now and it is excellent!! In fact on both occasions it has been made for parties in the USA and all the Americans who ate it have congratulated me on the best cheesecake they have had....I felt that was praise indeed! I made a couple of adjustments, 150g of sugar (in fact I had some homemade vanilla sugar and used that and cut the essence in half) and I used oatmeal cookies instead of almond biscuits. I followed everything else precisely and as I said...DELICIOUS!
helencas
5th Jun, 2016
very nice- but needs tweaking for next time. I made with Amaretti buscuits too, I thought this would be a good idea but the base turned out quite oily, I'll be going with digestives next time and going easy on the almond essence.
Honeygran
27th Oct, 2015
Very good. I made the Amaretto Biscuits from elsewhere on the GF site for the base and served the rest with the cheesecake. Was a bit worried when the recipe talked about 'dollops' of mixture as mine was very liquid, but it worked!
bethn21286
8th Sep, 2015
This was my first baked cheesecake and (despite a lot of worrying) it came out wonderfully. If you can't find almond biscuits try 200g Rich Tea with 1 tsp of Almond extract to make your base. On the advice of others that it was a bit too sweet I switched out the cherry jam for raspberry and it gave it some bite. Don't be afraid it looks too wobbly when it's done cooking. Mine was very wobbly when I turned the heat off but leaving it to cool in the oven and then finish in the fridge overnight was exactly right.
kinewatson
16th Aug, 2015
5.05
Lovely cheesecake used m and s almond biscuits. Well worth the wait!
flavourspice
1st Jun, 2015
5.05
My first cheesecake and it came out brilliant, impressed the guests! Great recipe! Easy to execute and great results, Just one thing - had to bake for ten mins extra as the centre was wobbly. Also I used digestives instead and the almond flavour did not come through. However highly recommend the recipe! as it was lip-smackingly tasty anyway.
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TheEightHours
18th Apr, 2015
This looks so good if not slightly complicated. Going to try this and make it gluten free. https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/raw-lemon-cheesecake/
GordyUK
26th Mar, 2015
3.8
Ok I have a problem with this recipe... I've made it twice now and followed it to the letter, and despite both times, it tasting amazing, there is something wrong Basically, during the main bake, loads of brown sweet good oozes out from the tin, all over the base of the over, then during cooling, all over the rack, and it just keeps on leaking liquid right up until it's all eaten. It's obviously made the base soggy too. I cannot work out what is causing this. It's not the cheese mixture as this bakes to perfection so I can only assume it's the amaretti biscuits that are just melting and releasing their sugar into the butter. Has anyone else experienced this or more to the point, FIXED it? This is too good a cheesecake not to make again
llighton
9th Aug, 2015
5.05
I've made this twice and it comes out perfectly although the base is always rather soggy - I think that's how it's meant to be. However, a couple of points which might help. Amaretti biscuits are not the same as almond biscuits. I used some eye-wateringly expensive almond biscuits, first time from M&S second time from Tesco - Kambly biscuits at £1.79 for a 100g packet, which are thin and seem much drier than an amaretti biscuit. I use a push pan rather than a springform cake pan, all cheesecake bottoms seem to leak butter through a springform whereas a push pan has a much tighter fit.
clairel322
28th Dec, 2014
This was yummy! Scaled down the recipe and used 2/3 of the ingredients in a 15cm tin which was just right, although reduced the sugar a little more as it did seem too much. A very sweet cheesecake but nevertheless it went down a treat in our household!

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Harrietmai
6th Dec, 2016
Has anyone ever frozen this? Any success? Is it better just to make fresh?
carlaforte1990
20th Nov, 2016
I was going to make this recipe But one of my Housemates can't have gluten and I hate leaving him out. Does anyone know if i would be able to substitute regular flour for the gluten free kind.. would it make any difference ? :)
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goodfoodteam
28th Nov, 2016
You should be able to use gluten-free plain flour like Dove's. Usually if swapping, a bit more liquid is needed. However as it's only a small quantity needed in this recipe you could give it a go as is. You'll need to check the almond biscuits you are using are gluten-free too.
Fionaclark97
7th Aug, 2014
Do you have to use FULL FAT soft cheese?
GordyUK
26th Mar, 2015
3.8
Yes! :)
alexandervchan
28th Sep, 2015
5.05
Great recipe. The cooling times are long, but worth the wait. Tips: 1. It is a very sweet recipe, so I would definitely recommend reducing the sugar to 150g. 2. I noticed in the comments that people had issues with soggy bases which lacked in almond flavour, so I used a mixture of Rich Tea and Oat biscuits, with 2tsps of almond flour, and 1tsp of almond extract mixed in. The result was a buttery biscuit base (YES) which had the almond flavour coming through nicely.
Mia67
21st Dec, 2014
I haven't tried this recipe but there were lots of comments about it being rather sweet & the base being too soft. I often mix & match recipes, making sure that they are similar in quantities etc. For this I would make an easy oatmeal base from cheap and cheerful porridge rolled oats. I've lost my favourite recipe but there are lots on the internet - avoid ones which are similar to flapjacks (unless you need a sugar rush!) I found my (lost and lamented) oatmeal, sugar and butter base (it may have had a small quantity of plain flour) to be less sweet, firmer and drier than biscuit bases, but the crunch contrasted well with the creamy richness of the cheesecake. I remember it was baked for about 10 or 15mins before the filling was added. You could even add dried fruit and nuts. Experiment!