Treat yourself to a slice this weekend...
Cheesecake is an all-year-round treat—berries in the summer, pumpkin in the winter, chocolate ALL THE TIME. You can even give it an Italian accent (we're looking at you, ricotta). But, most importantly, it's another excuse to eat cheese.
This honey and ricotta cheesecake is our personal favourite. You can switch out the gingernut biscuits for regular digestive biscuits but they are worth seeking out as they add spice and sweetness to this cheesecake.
Honey and ricotta cheesecake
- 300g gingernut biscuits, blitzed to a fine crumb
- 150g butter, melted
- 500g ricotta cheese
- 250g mascarpone
- 100ml cream
- 100ml honey
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 50g plain flour, sifted
- 3 figs, to serve
- 25g toasted flaked almonds
- 1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin with parchment paper on the base and sides, set aside on a baking tray.
- Combine the biscuit crumbs and butter until completely mixed through. Press this mixture into the base of the cake tin. Place in the oven to bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the ricotta, mascarpone, cream and all but one tablespoon of honey until smooth and creamy. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until completely incorporated. Followed by the lemon and flour.
- Pour the filling over the biscuit crumb base and smooth off the top.
- Place the cheesecake in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the heat and allow to cool in the oven with the door slightly ajar. Once cooled, serve by cutting the figs in half, placing on top of the cheesecake, drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of honey and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
To read the full recipe courtesy of Donal Skehan in collaboration with The National Dairy Council, click here.
The National Dairy Council has joined up with the European Milk Forum to launch Cheese Your Way, an EU-funded multi-country campaign involving Denmark, France and Ireland. This three-year programme runs from 2019-2021 with the aim of promoting and creating awareness of the taste, quality, versatility and convenience of cheese in everyday life.
For more recipes visit cheeseyourway.ie