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Spiced pear and ginger cheesecake with a dark chocolate crumb


Serves: 12
timePrep time: 30 mins
timeTotal time:
Spiced pear and ginger cheesecake with a dark chocolate crumb
Recipe photograph by Toby Scott

Spiced pear and ginger cheesecake with a dark chocolate crumb

Lighter than the baked variety, and much easier to make, this cheesecake, studded with spicy ginger and topped with caramelised pears, can be made well ahead of time

Serves: 12
timePrep time: 30 mins
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
366Kcal
Fat
21gr
Saturates
13gr
Carbs
33gr
Sugars
25gr
Fibre
2gr
Protein
9gr
Salt
0.7gr

Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake is a freelance food writer and is the author of The A - Z of Eating. 
 
See more of Felicity Cloake’s recipes
Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake is a freelance food writer and is the author of The A - Z of Eating. 
 
See more of Felicity Cloake’s recipes

Ingredients

For the pear topping
  • 500ml cranberry juice drink
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 25g root ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 small firm pears, peeled, cored and quartered lengthways
  • 1 ball of stem ginger, roughly chopped
For the cheesecake
  • 750g ricotta
  • 50g butter, melted, plus extra to grease
  • 250g dark chocolate digestives
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 sheets Dr Oetker leaf gelatine
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 280g full-fat cream cheese (we used Philadelphia)
  • 5 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped, plus 4-6 tbsp of the syrup

Step by step

Get ahead
Prepare to the end of step 4 the day before, keeping the cheesecake and pears separate and chilled.
  1. For the pear topping, heat the cranberry juice, sugar and root ginger together in a large saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the liquid starts to simmer. Add the pears and cover with baking paper to keep them submerged. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to cool completely – this will take a couple of hours, but they can be left in the liquid overnight. They will turn pink as they cool.
  2. Put the ricotta in a sieve set over a bowl and leave to drain. Lightly grease a 23cm round springform tin. Put the biscuits in a food processor, whiz to crumbs, then add the butter, cocoa and salt; whiz again. Press the mixture into the base of the tin and chill for at least 20 minutes while you make the filling.
  3. Add the gelatine leaves, one at a time, to a bowl of cold water and leave for 5 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, heat the lemon juice until simmering, then remove from the heat. Remove the gelatine from the water, squeezing out any excess, then add to the lemon juice and stir until dissolved.
  4. Put the cream cheese in a large bowl, add the ricotta and beat together until smooth. Stir in the gelatine mixture until combined, then stir in 4 tablespoons of the stem ginger syrup and taste – add more if you prefer it sweeter. Stir in the stem ginger and spoon the mixture onto the base, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon. Chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight, until firm.
  5. An hour before you want to serve the cheesecake, strain the pears over a pan and discard the root ginger. Bring the cooking liquor to the boil and simmer rapidly for 10 minutes or until reduced and syrupy. Leave to cool.
  6. To serve, loosen the cheesecake all the way around with a knife and carefully remove from the tin. Transfer to a platter or cake stand. Arrange the cooled sliced pears on top, spoon over the syrup and scatter with chopped stem ginger.
Chef quote
Lighter than the baked variety, and much easier to make, this cheesecake, studded with spicy ginger and topped with caramelised pears, can be made well ahead of time.

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