Cheesecake with poached berries

Cheesecake with poached berries


  • 175g digestive biscuits
  • ½ cup toasted almonds
  • 100g butter, melted
    • Filling

    • ½ cup water
    • 4 teaspoons gelatin
    • 500g light cream cheese
    • ½ cup caster sugar
    • seeds scraped from 2 Heilala Vanilla Beans or 2 teaspoons Heilala Vanilla Paste
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • 1 cup cream
      • Berries

      • ½ cup caster sugar
      • ¼ cup water
      • 1 Heilala Vanilla Bean, split and seeds scraped
      • 1 punnet strawberries, hulled and halved
      • 150g fresh or frozen raspberries
      • 150g fresh or frozen blackberries
        • Method

          Line the base of a 22cm springform cake tin with baking paper and lightly grease the sides.

          To make the cheesecake, place the biscuits and almonds in a food processor and process until crumbs form. Transfer to a bowl, add the melted butter and mix well. Press the mixture into the base of the tin. Chill while preparing the filling.

          To prepare the filling, place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle over the gelatin. Place the bowl over a pan of boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Allow to cool slightly

          Beat together the cream cheese, caster sugar and vanilla bean seeds or vanilla paste until smooth, then beat in the lemon juice and cream. Stir in the gelatin mixture.

          Spoon the mixture over the crumb base. Cover and refrigerate for 4-5 hours, or until it is set.

          Meanwhile, to prepare the poached berries, combine the caster sugar, water and vanilla bean and seeds in a pan. Cook over a low-medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the syrup thickens slightly.

          Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Stir in the berries. Transfer the berries and syrup to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

          To serve, slice the cheesecake into wedges and serve with the poached berries.

          Products used in this recipe:

          Heilala Vanilla USA

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