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Baked cheesecake with French goat's cheese and orange

Baked cheesecake with French goat's cheese and orange

A great alternative to traditional baked cheesecake, made with spreadable goat's cheese instead of spreadable cow's milk cheese.

  • Preparation: 25 mins
  • Cooking: 50 mins
  • Serves: 12

What you need:

For the base

  • 85g butter, melted plus a little extra for greasing the cake tin
  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar

For the filling

  • 900g spreadable fresh French goat's cheese
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or seeds of 1 pod
  • Zest 2 oranges
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 200mls sour cream

For the topping

  • 200mls sour cream
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp caster or icing sugar

What you do:

  1. Prepare a 23cm spring-form cake tin by greasing the base with butter and lining with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the butter on the stove in a small saucepan. Place the digestive biscuits in a food processor and blitz until they resemble fine bread crumbs. Add the sugar and pour in the melted butter. Blitz again to combine well.
  3. Press the biscuit mix into the bottom of the cake tin and push well into the edges. Place the cake tin onto a baking tray and put into the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove and leave to cool.
  4. To make the filling. First beat the spreadable fresh French goat's cheese either by hand or use the paddle attachment of a work top mixer. Do this for about 2-3 minutes until the cheese is light and fluffy. Next, change to a whisk and add the sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs and egg yolk. Whisk until all smooth and combined before adding the orange zest, lemon juice and sour cream.
  5. Brush the edges of the cake tin with a little more melted butter before pouring the mixture into the cake tin. Bake at 160oc for 10 minutes before turning the oven down to 120oc and cooking for a further 40 minutes. The cake is cooked once it is set with a little wobble when you give the tin a shake.
  6. Leave the cake to cool in the oven with the door slightly open for 2 hours.
  7. For the topping, combine the sour cream with the lemon juice and sugar. Once the cake is cooled, pour the sour cream over the top of the cake right to the edges. Cover with cling film and allow setting in the fridge overnight.
  8. Serve cut into thick slices with a few fresh berries.

Cook's tip:

Serve with fresh berries

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