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Vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb recipe

Vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb recipe

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Cheesecake always impresses and this traditional vanilla number adds a slice of British springtime - not to mention a pop of colour - to proceedings with the sweet, juicy rhubarb topping. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 20mins to prepare, 1hr 10mins to cook plus chilling/setting time
  • 620 calories / serving


  • 175g (6oz) digestive biscuits
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 60g (2oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 900g (1¾1b) low-fat cream cheese, at room temp
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temp
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 125ml (4fl oz) double cream
  • 35g (1¼oz) plain flour
  • 2tsp vanilla extract

For the rhubarb topping

  • 5 stalks of thin, bright-pink rhubarb
  • 3tbsp orange juice
  • 3tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 sheet of gelatine
  • mint springs (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    35g 50%
  • Saturates

    20g 102%
  • Sugars

    48g 54%
  • Salt

    0.5g 8%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 64g Protein 16.1g Fibre 1.7g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180ºC. Put the digestive biscuits and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like fine gravel. Pour in the melted butter and pulse again. Pour the mixture into the base of a 25cm (10in) springform cake tin, press into the base and pack tightly flat with the base of a tumbler. Bake for 5 minutes, remove and set aside.
  2. Reduce the heat to Gas Mark 3, 170°C, fan 150ºC. Put the cream cheese and the caster sugar in the mixer and beat for 5 minutes or until just combined and smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla seeds, flour, cream and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Pour into the tin and spread evenly. Bake on the middle rack for 1 hour, or until set but still slightly wobbly in the centre.
  3. Turn the oven off and remove the cheesecake. Run a knife around the edge of the tin and return it to the oven, with the door ajar, to cool. Leave for 1 hour, then chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Cheesecakes can crack when chilled, but don't worry if it does - you can cover them with the rhubarb.
  4. Chop the rhubarb into 1in pieces. In a medium pan add the sugar, orange juice and rhubarb. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Soak the sheet of gelatine in cold water for a few minutes until it softens, squeeze the water out and add the gelatine to the rhubarb. Gently heat until the gelatine melts and the rhubarb is tender (about another 3 minutes).
  5. Pour the mixture over the chilled cheesecake and chill for 1½ hours to set. Cut into slices and serve with some mint, if you like.

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