VANILLA CHEESECAKE WITH CARAMELISED CLEMENTINES

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Moderate

8-10 servings

A fresh creamy dessert suitable for any dinner party, or to simply enjoy with friends!

Ingredients
WHITWORTHS CASTER SUGAR250g
Digestive biscuits, crushed200g
Butter, melted150g
WHITWORTHS CASTER SUGAR2 tblsp
Full-fat cream cheese500g
Carton soured cream142ml
Vanilla extract1 tsp
Large Eggs4
Clemintines4
WHITWORTHS LIGHT SOFT BROWN SUGAR50g
Water75ml

PREPARATION METHOD

Preheat the oven to 170°C / Gas Mark 3-4. Prepare a 20cm spring-form tin by lightly greasing and lining the base with a disc of grease proof paper.

Make the biscuit base by mixing together the crushed digestives, melted butter and 2 tblsp WHITWORTHS CASTER SUGAR. Press into the prepared 20cm spring-form tin. Place in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, WHITWORTHS CASTER SUGAR, soured cream, vanilla extract and eggs until well-mixed. Fill the kettle and boil.

Take a large roasting tin and sit the cheesecake tin inside, pour the mixture onto the biscuit base.

Place the roasting tin in the oven and carefully pour the boiling water into the roasting tin so the water comes half-way up the outside of the cheesecake tin.

Bake for 50 minutes until firm, check the cheesecake after 30 minutes, if the top is browning too much, loosely cover with foil.

Take the cheesecake out of the oven and allow to cool before putting in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill completely.

 Caramelised Clementines

Peel the clementines, making sure all the white pith is removed. Slice each clementine into 1cm thick slices and transfer to a bowl with any juice.

Put the WHITWORTHS LIGHT SOFT BROWN SUGAR into a pan with the water, stir over a moderate heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring up to the boil and without stirring, boil until it darkens to a hazelnut-brown caramel. This should take 3-4 minutes.

Add the clementine slices to the caramel and leave to cool.

Carefully take the cheesecake out of the tin and put on a serving plate, top with the caramelised clementines and serve.