Cherry swirl cheesecake

Cherry swirl cheesecake

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 45 mins

A challenge

Serves 8
Swirls of cherries ensure this sublime cheesecake has a summer flavour, perfect for a sunset dinner party outside

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal506
  • fat31g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars41g
  • fibre1g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

    For the base

    • 50g butter, plus extra for greasing
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    • 140g shortbread biscuits
    • 1 tbsp golden syrup

    For the filling

    • 350g cherry, 200g of them stoned
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    • 225g caster sugar
    • 500g medium-fat soft cheese
    • 1 tbsp cornflour
    • 2 eggs
      Eggs

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    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • zest 1 orange
      Orange

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    • 200ml tub crème fraîche
    • icing sugar, for dusting

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Butter a loose-based 20cm cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. Break up the biscuits, then pulse to fine crumbs in a food processor. Melt the butter with the syrup, then stir into the crumbs until they are evenly damp. Tip into the prepared tin and smooth with the back of a dessertspoon. Bake for 10 mins, then leave to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2.

    2. Tip the stoned cherries into the rinsed-out food processor with 85g of the sugar. Blend until smooth, then tip into a small pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5-6 mins, stirring, until it forms a thick syrup. Cool.

    3. Rinse out the food processor again, then tip in the cheese, cornflour, eggs, remaining sugar, vanilla, orange and half the crème fraîche. Blend until smooth. Spoon half the mix into the tin, then spoon half the cherry purée evenly over the top. Spoon the remaining cheesecake mix over this. Stir the mix gently with a fine skewer to swirl the cherry purée through it. Bake for 45 mins, then turn the oven off and leave for 30 mins.

    4. Spread the remaining crème fraîche over the filling, then spoon the remaining cherry purée into the centre. Using a fine skewer draw the cherry purée through the crème fraîche to make a star pattern, wiping the skewer each time. Set the reserved cherries around the edge of the cheesecake, then dust with icing sugar. Chill until ready to serve.

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    susiebonnie
    16th Jan, 2011
    5.05
    Wow Wow Wow what a wonderful recipe, tasted absolutely delicious, and easy to make. Emptied the biscuit tin of all odds and ends and crumbs to make the base, it worked fine. Will be making it again without a doubt.
    stew-c
    27th Dec, 2010
    5.05
    A good recipe made this a few times, made it last time with 100 grm of canned mandarin oranges (without the juice) just blitzed them in the food processor made the syrup as in part 2 stirred this into the mixture. When cooled grated on some plain dark chocolate, it seems you can't go wrong, a really flexible recipe
    stew-c
    29th Oct, 2010
    5.05
    This was the first time I have made cheesecake and it was very good will use this recipe again and try like others various soft fruits.
    strangeinplaces
    19th Oct, 2010
    5.05
    Came out perfectly and absolutely delicious. Needed a little bit longer in oven than suggested. Pleasantly surprised how delicious it was. I used tinned cherries - worked out fine
    xona144
    27th Aug, 2010
    i love it it good
    alexander1984
    25th Jul, 2010
    5.05
    This is an absolutely delicious cheese cake. Only gripe is that the paper stuck to the base of the cake... other than that, fantastic!
    cakeanyone
    11th Jul, 2010
    5.05
    This is to die for and my husband, whose favourite dessert is cheesecake, said it was the best he'd ever tasted! Substituted soft cheese and creme fraiche for low fat versions and also put a couple of teaspoons of honey in the creme fraiche. Will make again and again!
    ruthiebaby
    20th Apr, 2010
    5.05
    Yummy! my mates raved about the taste and the presentation, one of the nicest cheesecakes ive ever had, a joy to make when fresh cherries are available, lovely!
    cookingmedic
    17th Dec, 2009
    5.05
    Taste's wonderful, felt guilty after eating it though but not for long. the prep was fun too and the kitchen smelt lovley whilst it was cooking. Kid's couldn't stop smiling when they were eating it and didn't leave the table for a while. Well worth making, not as hard as I thought it was going to be.
    janetwallace
    7th Sep, 2009
    This is the best cheesecake I've ever made! I've changed the fruit to raspberries and also tried it with strawberries. They're both equally delicious. I also use digestive biscuits and butter for the base.

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