Cheesecake with slice on plate with strawberry compote

Vanilla cheesecake

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Prep: 20 mins No cook

Easy

Serves 12

Enjoy a slice of pure indulgence in the form of our simple no-cook vanilla cheesecake. This easy dessert is delicious served with a fresh strawberry compote

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal436
  • fat36g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 250g digestive biscuits
  • 100g butter, melted
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  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600g cream cheese
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 280ml double cream
  • fruit compote, to serve (strawberry or raspberry work well)

Method

  1. Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put 250g digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin – or blitz in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl, then pour over 100g melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly.

  2. To remove the vanilla seeds from their pod, slice the pod in half lengthways, leaving the tip intact, so that the two halves are still joined. Holding onto the tip of the pod, scrape out the seeds using the back of a kitchen knife.

  3. To make the filling, place the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla seeds in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Tip in the double cream and continue beating until the mixture is completely combined. Now spoon it onto the biscuit base, working from the edges inwards and making sure that there are no air bubbles. Smooth the top of the cheesecake down with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge overnight.

  4. Bring the cheesecake to room temperature about 30 mins before serving. To un-mould, place the base on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. Slice and serve with a fruit compote of your choice.

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Raheem Ali's picture
Raheem Ali
5th Jan, 2020
As long as you followed the recipe, it should've turned out fine. Can't seem to think what the problem may be
sharon1308
4th Jan, 2020
1.05
My cheesecake has still not set even after 24 hours in the fridge. Seemed to be far more runny than expected...'poured' the topping onto the base rather than the stated 'spoon' Disappointed is an understatement
Raheem Ali's picture
Raheem Ali
5th Jan, 2020
Make sure you mixed it in for long enough to create "stiff peaks", too little will make it watery and thin
Raheem Ali's picture
Raheem Ali
5th Jan, 2020
Did you add all of the ingredients and the exact measurements? Did you use an electric mixer instead of a whisk? I don't know what could be the issue as I followed it all and turned out fine. Maybe if you have a colder place in the house try it there
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