Bistro style baked cheesecake

Bistro style baked cheesecake




  • 1 cup plain sweet biscuit crumbs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 75g unsalted butter, melted
  • 375g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 500g ricotta
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 ½ cups caster sugar
  • Finely chopped zest and juice of 1 lemon


Butter the base of a 20cm springform pan and line with non-stick baking paper.


In a bowl, combine biscuit crumbs, almond meal and melted butter. Press firmly into the base of the pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 150°C. Mix cornflour and water together in a small bowl to make a runny paste. Place cream cheese in a food processor and whiz until smooth, add ricotta and whiz again to combine. Add the eggs, cornflour mixture, sugar, lemon zest and juice. Whiz until all combined. What a wonderful lemony smell!


Pour cream cheese filling into pan. Place onto a baking tray (just in case there is overflow or seepage from the springform pan). Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check to see if the cheesecake is set in the middle, if not, bake for another 10-15 minutes.


Cool in pan, then run a knife around the edge of the pan, release sides of pan and transfer to a serving plate. I leave the cheesecake on the base of the pan, it’s too tricky to get off while the cheesecake is still warm; the baking paper provides a good barrier from the metal.


Refrigerate until cold, then serve with strawberries and thick cream.

Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.


  • This amount filled my springform pan right to the top (depth 6cm), don’t panic, it doesn’t rise and makes for a very impressive cheesecake.
  • Make this dessert the day before, because it is even better after 12-24 hours in the fridge. I would recommend not going for the second helping – great idea at the time, but does lead to significant indigestion! Save it for the next day.
  • I purposefully made a Full Fat cheesecake this week, if you are going to indulge, cheesecake is certainly the way to do it! But will make a reduced fat one next week.



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