Desserts & Baking

Best-ever baked cheesecake

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6 - 8
30 minutes
2 1/2 hours

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  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 150 g Tennis biscuits, crushed
  • For the filling
  • 750 g smooth cream cheese
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 112 g caster sugar
  • 1 T cornflour
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 a vanilla pod
  • 250 ml sweet sherry (or orange juice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 300 g strawberries (or any other in season fruit), halved

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C .

2. Mix the melted butter with the crushed Tennis biscuits and press into a greased 24 cm spring-form tin.

3. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese until smooth and gently mix in the sour cream, eggs, caster sugar, cornflour, vanilla extract and the seeds of the vanilla pod.

4. Spoon into the tin and bake for 30 minutes.

5. Switch off the oven, leaving the cake inside for 2 hours before removing it from the tin.

6. To make the macerated strawberry topping, bring the sherry and sugar to the boil. Add the halved strawberries (or chopped fruit of your choice) and allow to cool.

7. Serve the cheesecake topped with the cooled strawberries.

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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    Gwen van der Merwe
    19 May 2020

    I have been on the lookout for a baked cheesecake recipe that’s both delicious and easy to follow. Not only if this the best cheesecake that I have ever eaten, but the recipe is foolproof as well :)

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    Lungi Ntshangase
    12 August 2018

    I tried this cheesecake last week Sunday. There is no lie that it is the best!!!!

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      13 August 2018

      Hoorah! Thanks for the feedback, Lungi! So glad you enjoyed it.

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