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    Baked cheesecake with rhubarb

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus cooling

    Serves: 8-10



    400g rhubarb, cut into 5cm lengths
    75g caster sugar
    3 cardamom pods, crushed
    1 tsp finely julienned fresh root ginger


    125g amaretti scuits
    125g digestive biscuits
    125g unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing


    4 eggs
    115g caster sugar
    600g ricotta
    150g mascarpone
    50g plain flour
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 lemon, zest of all, plus a squeeze of juice 


    1. Preheat the oven to 160˚C, gas mark 3. For the roasted rhubarb, put all the ingredients in a roasting tin. Stir in 3 tbsp water and toss together. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, until the rhubarb is just tender. Take out of the oven and set aside to cool in the tin.

    2. Turn the oven up to 180˚C, gas mark 4; lightly grease a 23cm springform cake tin and line the base with baking parchment. For the biscuit base, put the amaretti and digestives in a large, sealable bag and crush with a rolling pin into fine crumbs. Tip into a bowl, add the melted butter and mix until the crumbs are coated. Transfer to the prepared tin; spread evenly over the base. Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 160˚C, gas mark 3.

    3 For the filling, lightly beat the eggs and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined. Pour over the base, then bake for 45 minutes, or until just set with a slight wobble in the middle. Switch off the oven, open the door a little and leave the cheesecake to cool completely in the oven. Serve with the rhubarb and some crème fraîche, if liked.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, March 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue


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