Rhubarb ripple & gingerbread cheesecake

Rhubarb ripple & gingerbread cheesecake

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins Plus cooling and chilling

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Cuts into 12 slices
A dazzling dessert with spiced biscuit base, cream cheese topping and a poached fruit compote with stem ginger

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal705
  • fat46g
  • saturates28g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars51g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.8g
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  • 800g full-fat cream cheese
  • 300g tub soured cream
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 3 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • zest 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the gingerbread base

  • 200g plain flour
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 100g butter



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

  • 5 tbsp golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 3 tbsp black treacle

For the poached rhubarb

  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • juice 1 orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 50g stem ginger from a jar, sliced, plus 50ml of the syrup
  • 400g forced rhubarb, cut into 3cm pieces



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

  • 1-2 tsp grenadine (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the base and sides of a 23-24cm springform cake tin with baking parchment. To make the base, rub together the flour, sugar and spices in a large mixing bowl, making sure there are no lumps of sugar. Heat the butter, golden syrup and treacle in a small saucepan until just boiling, then pour into the dry ingredients, mixing to a smooth dough. Press evenly into your cake tin, then bake for 10-12 mins until golden. Leave to cool.

  2. To make the poached rhubarb, put the sugar, orange juice, ginger and syrup in a large pan and cook until just dissolved. Add the rhubarb, cover with a lid and poach on the lowest possible heat for 5-7 mins until just tender.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the rhubarb and stem ginger to a plate, being careful not to damage the shape. Increase the heat and reduce the liquid for a few mins until just syrupy. If you like, add a splash of grenadine to make a bright pink syrup. Using a fork, crush half the poached rhubarb with enough syrup to give a thick compote. Stir in the whole pieces and set aside to cool completely. Reserve the remaining syrup to serve.

  4. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese, soured cream, sugar and cornflour. Whisk in the eggs, yolks, orange zest and vanilla until evenly combined, then pour into the tin. Dot spoonfuls of the cold rhubarb compote over the filling with a little extra syrup and ripple through with the back of a spoon.

  5. Bake for 10 mins. Reduce oven to 120C/ 100C fan/gas ½ and bake for 50-55 mins more. Turn off the oven, keep the door closed and leave the cheesecake for 1 hr. Open the oven door a little, keep it ajar with oven gloves and leave for a 1 hr more. Remove and leave at room temperature until completely cool, then chill overnight.

  6. To serve, remove from the tin and carefully remove the baking paper. Slice and serve with the reserved syrup.

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11th Jun, 2020
This was without doubt the worst recipe I have ever tried from BBC Food. It made me wonder whether anyone had ever tested the recipe. The base was like toffee. I couldn’t even cut it. The only good reviews were from the cooks who had used a biscuit base. Always dislike measurements for syrup and treacle given in tablespoons as there is so much variation. Recipe says to cook until base is golden. Because of the treacle it’s black before you put it in the oven so impossible to tell. The recipe says at the top to allow one hour 20 minutes plus cooling. What it doesn’t tell you (yes I should have read recipe through to the end) is that you need to leave it in the oven for two hours after baking to avoid it cracking. That’s ok if you’re not cooking anything else that day but blocked my oven for two hours. After making the base twice as I judged that the first one must have been wrong this one hour twenty minutes took me five hours from start to finish and was an embarrassment to serve to my friends. I wouldn’t have minded so much but the cheesy bit wasn’t set properly and collapsed even thou it had been in the fridge for 24 hours.
13th Feb, 2016
I registered on this website with the sole purpose of warning any and all to avoid this idiotically stupid, poorly-produced recipe. I spend three hours following *religiously* the instructions provided, only to have an overcooked base and a raw topping, precisely as reported by other commenters. An absolute disaster. AVOID.
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18th May, 2014
This was a disaster from start to finish. The base was inedible, the topping wasn't so bad, but the whole thing seemed to be too liquid. Sadly didn't look a thing like the picture, and as this was a dessert for a dinner party, it didn't go down well.
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18th Apr, 2014
Black treacle and rhubarb can not be a bad connection
31st May, 2013
I wasn't prepared to faff around with the base so I used gingernuts instead. I followed the rest of the recipe to the letter and this morning I was extremely disappointed to find that the middle hasn't set properly. The base is a soggy mess from the juice from the rhubarb, and all the fruit sank to the bottom. 100C on my fan oven is either too cool or the cheesecake needed to be cooked for an extra 20 minutes before turning the oven off completely. I would suggest chopping the rhubarb up into much smaller pieces, and less of it. 400g is just too much. Won't be attempting this one again. What a waste.
15th May, 2013
Made this for a dinner party last night, but made the base with crushed stem ginger biscuits n melted butter. Very easy and tasted delicious, the compote was really gingery.the remaining compote is now in the freezer and the remains of the cheesecake went home with a delighted friend
8th May, 2013
+1 about the base. It was really disappointing; chewy, difficult to slice, with an overpowering treacle taste. It spoiled what was otherwise a lovely cheesecake top.
8th Apr, 2013
I agree with a couple of the other reviewers. The base just doesn't seem right. It's not unpleasant in any way - but very thin and very chewy, almost a cross between toffee and fudge. Gorgeous flavour, though, I just think I'll try crushed gingernuts for the base next time. The topping was delicious, and it was very easy to create the decorative effect as in the illustration. Overall a really unusual, very lovely recipe, which I will definitely make again.
16th Mar, 2013
Lovely flavours and very tasty cheesecake - however, the base recipe just doesn't work well. Followed all instructions by the letter but now - the next day - I'm left with a base so chewy & solid that I need a very sharp knife to cut it. Crushed ginger nuts would be a much better option, although the base mix admittedly tasted delicious in the cake bowl! The baked cheesecake itself is gorgeous and the rhubarb, orange and ginger compote/syrup is delicious (wonderful by itself too - a lovely addition to some Greek yoghurt for breakfast if you make too much) so if you can sort out the base I would recommend this one.
12th Mar, 2013
Excellent baked cheesecake. Nice combination of the rich cheesecake and sharp rhubarb and the ginger and orange are classic partners. The slow cooling of the cheesecake prevented any cracks forming on the top so it really did look as pretty as in the photo. I was concerned that the gingerbread base would not provide enough contrast in texture but it worked well. Next time I might try it with a traditional base using crushed ginger nuts.


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