This Christmas we’ve teamed up with London cook and food writer, Anna Barnett, to share our alternative festive ideas. As part of this she has rustled up three irresistible dessert recipes that make a change (or a delicious addition) to the traditional Christmas pudding.
Here she talks us through her gingerbread cheesecake with spice nutmeg caramel recipe.
The Important Details…
Feeds : 6- 8
Preparation time: 25 MINS
Cooking time: 1.15 HRS
For the ginger crunch crust…
- 300g ginger crunch biscuits, blitzed to a fine even crumb
- 110g salted butter – melted
- 3 medjool dates –stone removed
For the cheesecake mixture…
- 3 x cream cheese pots 280g, totalling 840g
- 1 tin pumpkin puree 350g
- 150g caster sugar
- 1⁄2 tsp vanilla paste
- zest of 1 orange plus juice of half the orange
- 1⁄2 tsp nutmeg
- 1⁄2 heaped tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 6 large free-range eggs
- 2 heaped tbsp plain flour
For the caramel sauce…
- 250g mascarpone
- 80g icing sugar, sieved
- 1 lemon, juice only (as much as you like to taste)
- 30g pistachio paste
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
- Begin by making your biscuit base. Melt your butter and set to one side. Blitz your biscuits to a fine crumb then add in the dates and blitzed until combined. Pour in the melted butter and thoroughly combine.
- Use a cake tin with removable sides and 26-28cm in size. Grease the bottom and edges of your cake tin then
line with parchment. Spread the biscuit base patting it down to form a solid and even base. Bake for 8-10 minutes then remove and allow to set.
- Combine all cheesecake mixture apart from the eggs, whisk until thoroughly combined in food processor or with an electric whisk. One by one add in the eggs, whisking again until thoroughly combined.
- Pour over your biscuit base. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes until it has a little wobble to it still. Turn
the oven off, open the door slightly and allow to cool in the oven to avoid splitting.
- Cool completely before removing from the tin. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.
- For the caramel – pour sugar into a saucepan, add in 5 tbsp of water and cook over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved fully. Don’t be tempted to stir or interfere with the sugar at this point. Increase the heat cooking until it turns a caramel colour.
- Remove from the heat and add in both the cream and butter, stir until you have a caramel consistency. Add in your spices and ginger. Pour over the cheesecake and serve.
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