Rhubarb & gingernut cheesecake on a plate

Rhubarb & gingernut cheesecake

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 25 mins Plus overnight chilling

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Serves 8-10

What could be more cheerful than this vivid pink no-bake cheesecake? Rhubarb and ginger are merry bedfellows and make a stunning springtime dessert

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (10)

  • kcal466
  • fat34g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars24g
  • fibre2g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g


  • 500g forced rhubarb, chopped into 4cm lengths



    Botanically, rhubarb is a vegetable (it's related to sorrel and dock) but its thick, fleshy…

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 blood orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 100g butter, melted, plus extra for the tin



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g gingernut biscuits
  • 500g mascarpone or soft cheese
  • 100g quark or thick natural yogurt



    This is a soft, smooth curd cheese with a refreshingly light acidity. It ranges from low-fat…

  • 1 tbsp pistachios, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment and fill with the rhubarb. Scatter over the sugar and orange zest and pour over the juice. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod in there too, throwing the spent pod on top. Cover with foil and roast for 20 mins. Remove from the oven. Purée a third of the rhubarb, reserving the rest for the top.

  2. Butter a 20cm springform cake tin and line it with baking parchment. To make the base, put the biscuits in a bag and smash them with a rolling pin, or put them in a food processor and grind to crumbs. Tip into a mixing bowl, and stir in a pinch of sea salt. Pour the butter over the crumbs. Mix it together with a fork and tip it into the tin. Tap the side of the tin with your hand to even the crumbs out, and gently compress it with the back of a large spoon until it’s packed in and level. You want it fairly well packed so that it holds together. Put in the fridge to chill.

  3. To make the filling, put the cheese and quark or yogurt into a mixing bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, and beat it together. Mix until combined and thickened, then fold through the rhubarb purée.

  4. Pile the mixture on top of the biscuit base and smooth it down. Cover with cling film and chill overnight until set. Remove the rhubarb from its syrup with a slotted spoon, tip the syrup into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce for about 3-5 mins until the syrup is more concentrated. Allow to cool.

  5. Carefully remove the cheesecake from its tin. Pile the rhubarb on top and drizzle over some syrup (you can save the rest for drizzling over porridge), then scatter with the pistachios to serve.

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7th Jun, 2020
Delicious and easy to make. I also added ground ginger to the rhubarb purée and mixed it all in to the filling.
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Francesca Smith
17th Apr, 2020
This came out great with amazing flavours, although tasted quite orangey even though I did only use one orange. Not sure why but the rhubarb went quite soggy and unappetising so i decided to make it all into a compote for the top rather than using some as whole pieces.
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Amelie Jouan
16th Apr, 2020
This is not gluten-free!!
25th May, 2018
Yoghurt gives it a really nice texture. Used normal spring rhubarb and really enjoyed it
20th May, 2018
Disappointed with this cheesecake as it just wouldn’t set and I’m not sure why.
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Aruna Sahni
16th Jan, 2019
do you have to leave overnight to set?
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Jan, 2019
Thanks for your question. Ideally yes, to ensure that it's set, although if serving in the evening, you'll be able to do it in the morning.
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hybridauth_user 775
22nd Aug, 2018
Can the cheesecake part be frozen
goodfoodteam's picture
17th Jan, 2019
Thanks yes, this dessert can be frozen. Top with the rhubarb and pistachios once defrosted.
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