Desserts & Baking

Cardamom and white chocolate cheesecake

1 cheesecake
20 minutes
3 hours

This classic baked cheesecake works every time and is really easy to make. The base features lavender flowers, but if you don't have lavender, you can simply leave it out as there really isn't a replacement. You can also replace the pistachios with toasted almonds.

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  • 1 packet of Tennis biscuits, crumbled
  • 50 g butter
  • 2 T lavender flowers, chopped (optional)
  • For the filling
  • 800 g cream cheese
  • 300 g créme fraîche
  • 180 g caser sugar
  • 40 g cake flour
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 1 t ground cardamom
  • 200 g white chocolate, melted
  • To garnish
  • toasted pistachio nuts
  • lavender flowers

Preheat oven to 180ºC and line and spray a 30-cm springform cake tin.

To make the crust, combine all the ingredients together and press onto the base of your tin. Make sure to press down to cover the entire surface evenly, using the bottom of a straight-sided glass to assist you in getting into the corners.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes until golden. Leave to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 140ºC.

For the filling, whizz all the ingredients, except for the chocolate, in a food processor until smooth. Slowly pour in the white chocolate and whizz until combined.

Pour the mixture onto the cooled crust, and bake in a bain-marie for 3 hours until set but still wobbly at the center (the filling will set completely as it cools down).

Remove the cake from the water bath and leave to cool on a cooling rack.

Use a warm knife to loosen the edges before un-moulding the cake.

Garnish with fresh lavender blossoms and pistachios.


Monche Muller

Recipe by: Monche Muller

Monché Muller is the Executive Chef of the international Oddo Vins et Domaines wine label. She previously worked at Cucina Labia and De Kloof Eatery, as well as TASTE magazine. She is the author of Harvest Table.

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