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Tropical cheesecake

Tropical cheesecake

Everyone needs a trusty no-bake dessert recipe in their repertoire, and this one from Martha Collison fits the bill. The mix of cool mint, chilli and fruit on top is just sensational.

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  • Serves10
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare30 mins
  • Cook10 mins
  • Total time40 mins

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  • 75g butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g Nice or digestive biscuits
  • 2 x 250g essential Waitrose soft cheese
  • 300ml tub double cream
  • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest, plus 2 tbsp juice
  • 50g caster sugar

For the topping

  • 6 passion fruit
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 50g caster sugar
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • ¼ x 25g pack mint, leaves only, chopped, a few leaves reserved
  • 1 small ripe mango, peeled, stoned and cut into bitesized pieces


  1. Cut 2 long strips of folded baking parchment and grease an 18cm round loose-bottomed tin with butter. Position the 2 strips so they cross over at the bottom of the tin and come all the way up and overlap the sides. This will make the cheesecake easier to remove from the tin.

  2. Using a food processor, blend the biscuits into fine crumbs. Melt the butter in a small saucepan or the microwave and mix with the biscuit crumbs. Press the mixture into the tin using a spatula, then chill for 15-20 minutes, or until firm.

  3. Beat together the soft cheese, double cream, lemon zest and juice and caster sugar in a large bowl, until smooth and beginning to thicken. Pour the mixture onto the chilled base and smooth the top with a spatula, then return to the fridge for at least 4 hours, or until set.

  4. For the topping, halve the passion fruit and remove the pulp. Put the cornflour into a small saucepan and add 50ml cold water. Stir to make a paste, then add the passion fruit pulp, sugar and lemon juice. Warm over a low heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens and becomes glossy. Remove from the heat, cool, then chill until ready to use.

  5. Gently remove the cheesecake from the tin and place onto a serving plate. Stir the chilli flakes (if using) and ½ the chopped mint into the passion fruit topping, then spread over the top of the cheesecake. Pile the cubed mango in the centre, then finish with the remaining mint. Serve immediately. This is best enjoyed on the day it is made, but will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge before topping with fruit.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


2,004kJ/ 483kcals



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