Reduced cream cheese + biscuit gifts = baked cheesecake

cheesecake 6The other day Uncle Phil sent Ian a little gift. Uncle Phil had ended up with a biscuit surplus and knowing his younger sibling LOVES biscuits and his sister in law has reduced his biscuit intake by changing her shopping habits he kindly sent Ian a biscuit parcel (which Ian may have already munched a lot of). In this donation parcel was a packet of digestives and Becksie managed to sneak these away in order to upcycle them into a few extra tasty treats!

So having got some bargain cream cheese in this week’s shop and a huge bag of frozen blackcurrants what better thing to make than…… a baked cheesecake.  Now a baked cheesecake is in Becksie’s opinion a thing of beauty. A lovely biscuit base, a delicious creamy soft yummy cheesecake topped with slightly sharp fruit in order to balance the flavour.cheesecake 1

There are…… cheesecakes and ……. there are cheesecakes. If you have a cheesecake in a restaurant or in a pub or indeed the ready made sort they are sometimes quite frankly well ermm…. not that great. They are sometimes disappointing, sometimes simply yucky but……. even a misshaped homemade baked cheesecake is truely lovely.

Now this recipe is an adaption of a recipe Becksie learnt at Denman College – the original version was a marble chocolate cheesecake and it was very rich so….. this is the adapted recipe Becksie has made and added a fruity top to. You may also notice that the photos of the ‘finished’ item are in actual fact not the finished item more like the remaining few slices as….. we tucked in before we remembered to photograph it. Silly us!

This is what you will need:

9” tin

250grams of digestive biscuit

75grams of melted butter

400grams cream cheese

50grams caster sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

And here my friends is what you do:

Preheat the oven to 180ccheesecake 3

Bash up the biscuits up and add the melted butter until what you have resembles wet sand. Press this into the tin (we lined ours with greasproof) and bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until firm. Allow this to cool completely.cheesecake 2

Place the cream cheese , sugar and vanilla extract into a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time beating between each addition.cheesecake 4

Put the cream cheese mixture on top of the biscuit base and bake for 20 -25 minutes until it is just set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.cheesecake 5

Stew the fruit you want to add to the top (sweeten to taste). Now some people like lots of fruit, some only like a little so we have not included a measurement as……. It’s your cheesecake and therefore your fruity preference.

Add the fruit to the  top of the cheesecake and chill in the fridge for at least an hour!

This cheesecake also freezes really well (for up to a month).cheesecake 7

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3 thoughts on “Reduced cream cheese + biscuit gifts = baked cheesecake

  1. Becksie this looks sooo good..no wonder it disappeared so quickly!…I know what you mean about taking the photos, I aways remember after we have scoffed most of what Ive made …so annoying!

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