New york cheesecake

A creamy baked cheesecake carpeted with fresh blackberries from Jane Asher
By Jane Asher
New york cheesecake
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  • Serves: 16-24
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes plus chilling overnight
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 100 g digestive biscuits, (7 biscuits), put in a strong plastic food bag and bashed with a rolling pin to make crumbs
  • 35 g butter, melted
  • 1 heaped tbsp demerera sugar
  • pinches ground cinnamon

For the filling

  • 750 g cream cheese
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk lightly beaten
  • 1 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 heaped tsp lemon zest
  • 1 heaped tsp orange zest

For the cream topping

  • 320 ml soured cream
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp granulated sugar

For the blackberry topping

  • 115 g apricot jam
  • blackberries
  • icing sugar, for dusting

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220/gas 7. Grease and line a 23cm spring-form cake tin.

2. For the crust: combine the biscuit crumbs, butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl, then press into the bottom of the tin. Chill in the fridge while you are making the filling.

3. For the filling: cream the cheese and sugar together, beating well. Gradually add the egg, continuing to beat well. Stir in the flour, followed by the cream, vanilla, lemon juice and zests.

4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 110C/ gas ΒΌ and bake for a further 45-55 minutes, until set but not browned.

5. For the cream topping: meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing together the soured cream, vanilla and sugar in a small bowl.

6. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and raise the temperature to 180C/gas 4. Spread the topping over the cake and return it to the oven to bake for a further 5-10 minutes until set but not colouring. Remove from the oven and put into the fridge to chill overnight.

7. Carefully remove the outside ring before serving - it's easier to leave the cake on the base.

8. For the blackberry topping: to make a glaze gently heat the jam with some water, pass through a sieve and then paint onto the top of the cake whilst still warm. Finish by covering with blackberries and a dusting of icing sugar.

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