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Serves: 12

These little cheesecakes from Weekend Baking by Sarah Randell (Ryland Peters & Small, £16.99) make the perfect treat for Halloween.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHEESECAKES
  • 75g butter
  • 125g shortcake or shortbread biscuits, broken into pieces
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 100g soft-curd cheese
  • 100g tinned pumpkin purée
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 pinches each of ground cloves, ginger, allspice and nutmeg
  • orange sanding sugar, to decorate (optional)
  • FOR THE NUTMEG ICING
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 100g cream cheese
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 3. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.
  2. For the biscuit base, melt the butter in a small pan, then leave to cool slightly.
  3. Grind the biscuits to crumbs in a food processor.
  4. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the melted butter (reserve this for the icing) and whiz to combine.
  5. Divide the biscuit mixture among the cupcake cases, pressing it down firmly with the back of a teaspoon.
  6. Put the cream cheese, curd cheese, pumpkin purée, sugar, eggs and spices in an electric mixer (or use a large mixing bowl and an electric hand whisk). Whisk until smooth and combined.
  7. Tip the mixture into a jug, then pour it evenly into the cupcake cases.
  8. Bake the cheesecakes for 15 minutes.
  9. Leave to cool completely – they will set as they cool.
  10. To make the nutmeg icing, whisk all the ingredients together (including the reserved tablespoon of butter) and put a spoonful on top of each cheesecake. Sprinkle with orange sanding sugar, if you like.

Tip

If you're not eating the cheesecakes straight away, chill them, but bring them to room temperature before serving. They're soft-set, so best eaten with a teaspoon.

 

About the author

Sarah Randell
Sarah has written more than 1000 recipes for the magazine as our Food Director

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