Custard Apple & Ricotta Cheesecake
- 30 mins
- 1 hr 45 mins
- You love cooking, go for it!
The perfect cheesecake for custard apple lovers. High in vitamin C, low GI and oh-so-sweet, the custard apple and lime zest topping makes a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional icing
- 6 ginger biscuits (80 g)
- 1 tbsp butter, melted (20 g) To decorate
- 500 g smooth ricotta
- 500 g cream cheese (two blocks)
- 4 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar (75 g)
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup plain flour (40 g)
- 1 cup custard apple flesh – approximately 1 medium custard apple
- 1/2 cup custard apple, extra
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 2 ginger biscuits, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush a round 23 cm springform tin with a bit of the melted butter.
- Crush or blitz the ginger biscuits to a fine meal. Scoop 2 tbsp of crumbs into the buttered tin and spread the biscuit meal around the sides, allowing any extra to settle in the base. Combine remaining butter and biscuit crumbs in a bowl and stir until just mixed. Press the mixture into the base of the tin, then pop the pan into the refrigerator while you make the filling.
- In a food processor, blend ricotta and cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, juice, zest, vanilla and salt to the processor – blend again until thick and smooth. Stir through custard apple, then fold in flour.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and gently crisscross a knife through the batter to break any air bubbles. Smooth the top of the cheesecake and place tin on a baking tray.
- Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes, then turn the heat off, prop the door open a centimetre or so with the end of a wooden spoon, and leave the cheesecake to cool in the oven for a further 1 hour.
- Remove cake from oven, place on a rack and cool completely before releasing the side of the pan. Top cake with extra custard apple segments, zest and crumbled biscuit to serve.
- Smooth ricotta is usually found in the dairy aisle instead of the deli section of the supermarket.
- You can also use an electric hand blender to make the filling instead of a food processor, however it may not be quite as smooth