Coconut cheesecake with mixed berries

If you've never baked a cheesecake, why not give
this one a try — it's so easy to make and tastes wonderfully indulgent
 

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes + cooling
  • Cooking time: 50-60 minutes
  • Total time: 70-80 minutes + cooling

Serves: 8

Ingredients

150g digestive biscuits
75g unsalted butter
500g essential Waitrose Creamy Soft Cheese
2 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Eggs
160ml can Cooks’ Ingredients Coconut Cream
75g caster sugar

For the fruit topping
150g each of cherries, raspberries and blueberries
75ml orange or apple juice
2 tbsp vanilla bean dusting sugar
½ tsp cornflour
Mint leaves, to decorate

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, gas mark 2. Place the biscuits in a food bag and finely crush with a rolling pin. Melt the butter and mix with the biscuits in a bowl. Pack into the base and slightly up the sides of an 18cm loose-bottomed or spring-form cake tin. Press down firmly with the back of a spoon.

2. Put the soft cheese, eggs, coconut cream and sugar in a bowl and beat well until combined. Spoon into the tin and bake for 50–60 minutes or until the filling is lightly set but still slightly wobbly in the centre. Leave to cool completely in the tin then chill for at least 1 hour, or for up to 12 hours until ready to serve. This will make the cheesecake easier to slice.

3. Meanwhile, for the fruit topping, halve and stone the cherries. Place them in a saucepan with the fruit juice and sugar and cook gently for 3–4 minutes, until they have softened slightly. Blend the cornflour with 1 tsp cold water and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes until thickened and bubbling. Tip into a bowl, stir in the blueberries and raspberries and leave to cool.

4. Loosen the edges of the cheesecake with a knife then lift out onto a serving plate. Pile the fruits on top and scatter over a few mint leaves before cutting into wedges to serve.