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    Baked strawberry cheesecake

    • Preparation time: 45 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
    • Cooking time: 1 hour 35 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes, plus cooling and chilling

    Serves: 10


    60g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
    200g oat biscuits (such as Hobnobs)
    20g toasted flaked almonds

    840g full fat soft cheese, at room temperature
    200g caster sugar
    1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod)
    2 tbsp plain flour
    150ml soured cream
    6 eggs, 2 separated
    2 tbsp lemon juice

    600g strawberries, halved
    3 tbsp caster sugar


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Grease and line the base and sides (to 3cm above the rim) of a 23cm springform cake tin. Put the biscuits and almonds in a bag and bash to crumbs with a rolling pin. Pour into a bowl and mix with the melted butter. Press into the tin with the back of a spoon. Bake for 5 minutes and then allow to cool.

    2. Reduce the oven to 140°C, gas mark 1; put a roasting tin half-filled with water on the bottom shelf. Put the soft cheese, sugar, vanilla and flour in a large bowl and, using electric beaters, slowly whisk until thick and smooth. Add the cream and mix to combine. One at a time, slowly beat in the 4 whole eggs, then beat in the 2 yolks, the lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

    3. Carefully pour the mixture onto the base. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 1 hour 20 minutes until set with a gentle wobble in the middle. Turn the oven off; leave the cheesecake inside to cool for at least 45 minutes. Continue to cool at room temperature then chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. If it has cracked, use a palette knife dipped in hot water to push the cracks together and smooth the top.

    4. Simmer the strawberries, sugar and 3 tbsp water in a pan over a medium heat for 5–8 minutes until the sugar has dissolved and the berries are soft but still holding their shape. Lift the berries out and set aside; turn up the heat and bubble the sauce for a minute to a thick syrup. Arrange the strawberries over the cheesecake then glaze with the syrup.

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


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