FOR any of you who have had past cheesecakes fly across the table from the sheer brute force of fighting to cut a tight biscuit base, you’re welcome!
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain warns that you need patience to make this truly scrumptious bake.
Well, we say you won’t have any patience when you taste it – you’ll quickly want slice after slice after slice.
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For the cheesecake
Butter, for greasing
900g full-fat cream cheese
200g caster sugar
150ml soured cream
3 tbsp plain flour
3 medium eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
For the honey
170g set honey
300ml double cream
½ tsp salt For the tiffin crumble
150g digestives, crushed
75g unsalted butter
30g demerara sugar
50g dark chocolate chips or chunks
50g toasted hazelnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas mark 3. Grease the base of a 20cm round cake tin (not loose-bottomed, imagine the leakage!), and line with baking paper.
Put cream cheese, sugar, soured cream, flour, eggs and vanilla paste in a large bowl and mix, for a minute or so, until it is well combined. You don’t want to mix for too long and incorporate any air.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, tap it on the worktop to release any trapped air, then level the surface. Bake on a low shelf of the oven for 1 hour.
As soon as the hour is up, open the oven door, leaving it slightly ajar. Pop a wooden spoon in the door to keep it just open and let out the heat slowly. Now turn the oven off.
Don’t take the cheesecake out until the oven is completely cold. This recipe is more about patience than anything else.
Once the oven is cool, there’s more waiting. Put the cheesecake into the fridge to chill overnight.
Next day, it’s time to make the honey salted caramel. Put the butter into a small pan on a medium heat. As soon as it melts, add the honey and cook on a medium to high heat for 10 minutes, until the caramel is a golden brown. If it starts to catch, turn the heat down slightly. After 10 minutes, pour in the cream, give it a mix and allow it to just come up to the boil. Take off the heat and stir in the salt. Set aside.
To make the tiffin crumble, put the biscuits into a zip-lock bag and crush to a mix of big pieces, small bits and crumbs. Empty into a bowl.
Melt the butter and pour on to the biscuits. Leave to cool for about 10 minutes, while you take the cheesecake out of the fridge. Turn it out on to a serving plate or platter.
Add the sugar, chocolate and hazelnuts to the buttery biscuit chunks.
Now for the back-to-front bit. Put the tiffin mixture on top of the cheesecake, but not in any neat fashion or packed tightly, just piled on top in peaks and troughs.
Reheat the caramel if it has cooled too much, and pour over the cheesecake.