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Spiced apple cheesecake

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus overnight chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 12

Entertaining and need a dessert you can make ahead? Try this stunning spiced apple cheesecake. Full of winter fruits and spices, it's also great at Christmas

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal479
fat25g
saturates16g
carbs54g
sugars44g
fibre1g
protein6g
salt0.8g
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Ingredients

For the base

  • 100g butter , melted, plus extra for tin
  • 250g ginger nuts
  • 100g stem ginger in syrup, drained and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger

For the cheesecake cream

  • 600g cream cheese
  • 300g ricotta , drained
  • seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • 120g golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon , zested

For the topping

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 3 Granny Smith apples , peeled and cored
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 50ml brandy

Method

  • STEP 1

    Butter and line the base of a 23cm loose-bottomed cake tin. Whizz the biscuits to a rough crumb in a food processor, or put them in a sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin. Tip the crumbs into a bowl with the melted butter, stem ginger and spices, and stir well. Press the mixture into the tin, pushing up the sides a little (putting your hand in a food bag makes this easier). Leave the base to set for 30 mins in the fridge.

  • STEP 2

    For the cheese layer, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth, then pour over the base. Chill in the fridge overnight.

  • STEP 3

    The next day, make the topping. Mix the cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice in a large bowl. Cut each apple into 12 wedges, then toss the wedges in the spice mixture. Heat the sugar and 4 tbsp water in a saucepan and bubble to a caramel. As soon as the sugar becomes a dark caramel, take off the heat and carefully toss through the apples. Pour in the brandy, and the whole lot will bubble and seize. Return the pan to the heat and simmer gently to re-dissolve the caramel and cook the apples in the syrup. Remove from the heat and set the apples aside to cool in the syrup.

  • STEP 4

    Ease the cheesecake out of the tin. Spoon the apples over the top with a slotted spoon. Serve the sticky brandy syrup on the side as a sauce.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2017

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