Monday, September 10, 2012

Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake

Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
I am so glad I decided to make a cheesecake this weekend. Because this cheesecake is so damn good. I seem to be a little addicted to roasting fruit at the moment. Roasted strawberries are officially my new favourite thing. Coat them in a bit of brown sugar and balsamic and they turn into decadent, glossy pieces of heaven in the oven. And strawberries are really cheap in Australia at the moment so it was the perfect time to make this.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
I decided to pair these roasted strawberries with another of my favourites; ginger. One of my favourite cheesecake crusts is made with Ginger Nut biscuits, I just love that zing of spices and the super crunchy texture of the biscuits. Though the rock-hard biscuits were a bit of a bitch to break up into crumbs; in the battle of food processor bowl vs. ginger nuts, the ginger nuts clearly won. Poor broken food processor.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
The fluffy cheesecake filling is made with cream cheese and ricotta, which makes it fairly light for a baked cheesecake. I added hints of ginger and strawberry to the filling with ground ginger and crystallised ginger pieces and lots of strawberry jam. It really helps to bring the flavours of the topping and the base together.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
Ugh, I am so in love with these roasted strawberries. I could sit there and eat a whole dish of them with some whipped cream. So effing good. It really does make the perfect topping for a cheesecake, especially with that thick caramelised glaze. You could even make a double batch of the strawberries and blend half of them into the cheesecake rather than using strawberry jam, but I didn't have enough strawberries to try that.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
If you've never tried ricotta cheesecakes before, you should definitely give this recipe a go. There is much fluffy, happy cheesecakey goodness to look forward to. I am totally eating a piece of cheesecake for breakfast as I type this.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
(makes one 20cm cheesecake, serves 8-10)
250g (1 packet) Ginger Nut biscuits (ginger snaps for those in the US, homemade recipe here)
80g butter (about 3/4 stick butter), melted
330g (11.6oz) cream cheese, softened
500g ricotta (17.6oz) ricotta
1 cup strawberry jam
2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped glace or crystallised ginger
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
4 eggs
1.5 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1.5 tbsp water

For the strawberries:
2 punnets (500g) fresh strawberries
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 165°C (330°F) (150°C(300°F) for fan-forced), grease and line the base of a 20cm round springform tin.  Place ginger nut biscuits in a food processor and pulse until they are broken down to even crumbs. Add butter and pulse to combined. Press into the base of your prepared tin and chill in fridge for 30 mins. 

Prepare the filling; place cream cheese, ricotta, strawberry jam, ground ginger, glace ginger & lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. Mix water and cornflour together in a separate bowl until smooth and then add the mixture and the eggs to the food processor bowl, pulse until combined. (If you don't have a processor, beat cream cheese and ricotta until smooth and fluffy in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high. Add the rest of the ingredients and then beat again until smooth.) Pour mixture over the chilled base and bake for an hour. The edges should be just golden and the centre might still be wobbly. Do not remove cheesecake from oven, turn off the heat and keep the door closed and allow the cheesecake to rest in the oven for another hour. Then remove from the oven and sit in tin on a wire rack until completely cool.
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
Prepare the strawberries; hull and halve the berries and then place in a single layer in an oven-proof dish. Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F). Add brown sugar to berries and toss to coat. Pour over balsamic and toss again. Place in oven for 10-15 minutes, berries should be softened and the glaze will thicken as it cools. Set aside to cool completely, then remove cheesecake from tin and top with berries before serving. Can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight (if not serving immediately keep the strawberries separate until ready to serve).
Roasted Strawberry & Ginger Ricotta Cheesecake
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36 comments:

  1. Yum yum yum! This looks so good. (thought I can't imagine trying to blend ginger-nuts in my poor weak blender, maybe if I bash them on the table top a few times... or soak them in melted butter before trying to blend? hmmm...) Anyways, this look wonderful. I've never tried baking strawberries but they look so decadent here, I think I'll have to! x

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  2. This is so pretty! Love the ginger-ricotta combo. YUM!

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  3. Yummmm I love the sound of this. I have recently discovered how good ricotta cheesecakes can be!

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  4. Ohhhhh yum, this is my kind of recipe. I'm mad about ginger.
    Thank God it's spring - bring on the strawberries! :-)

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  5. ok that just sounds amazing! ps this may be my first comment but your blog is on my homepage and I check it everytime you update! :D

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  6. Yum! I need to make this! LOVE ginger so much and pairing it with strawberries is a great idea.

    The roasted strawberries are a favourite summer treat. I made a creme patissiere flavoured with lots of real vanilla to go with it.

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  7. Gosh this looks incredible.. Your presentation is immaculate! I'm interested too that you say it's light, most cheesecakes ive had are dense

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  8. Yum! Baked cheesecake is honestly one of my favorite desserts, nice use of the strawberries, they are so plentiful at the moment.

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing. I love roasting fruit too - all the syrupy juices and intense flavour. Nom.

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  10. Wow! This is a perfect cheesecake. Plus topped with roasted strawberries wich are a treat it's perfect!

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  11. This cake looks SOOOO GOOOD!!! Wow.. and who knew you could roast strawberries! great idea~ especially since they are in season now :) thanks for sharing~

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  12. Wow, so making this for my next bookclub, the girls will love it! Yum!

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  13. Oh yum! Cheesecake and strawberries are my weakness, my mouth is watering :)

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  14. I am definitely going to try roasted strawberries, they sound amazing!

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  15. This looks incredible! I've used ginger biscuits before to make the biscuit base for a cheesecake, and I think they're delicious - I've never added any extra ginger to the mix, but I think I definitely will in future. Yum.

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  16. Hi Steph, I made this yesterday and brought it with me to work today, lots of yumms from everybody! Thanks for creating and sharing these amazing recipes, xx

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  17. I'm drooling! Amazing pictures and stellar recipe - must try this fall.

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  18. i have never roasted fruit before. what a delicious recipe!! definitely worth roasting some fruit for :)

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  19. I made this last night - absolutely delicious. We all loved the spice of the ginger & the jammy strawberries. YUMMMMM.

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  20. I just finished a white chocolate cheesecake with a raspberry/craneberry topping it was insane! I've never made a ricotta cheesecake but always liked the sound of it and I love ginger biscuits as a base, they add that pop of flavour no one thinks is going to be there - yum.

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  21. Oh my giddy god - this looks amazing!

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  22. I made this the other day and it is awesome!! I didn't have enough dried ginger so I used more glace ginger. Also I put extra roasted strawberries in it a well as jam and they are yumm. Thanks for this awesome recipe.

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  23. I love your blog, gives it a sweet award :*
    http://qulinarnepasje.blogspot.com/2012/09/sodkie-wyroznienie-so-sweet-blog-award.html

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  24. I love strawberry cheesecake! My dad made me a few weeks ago and I really loved it. Your recipe has a lot of twists that my dad will surely love trying! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I made this to take to work today for a colleague's 60th birthday morning tea. I dont like cheesecake but was a HUGE success- gave the recipe to 4 people! WIll make again and also have those incredibly delicious roasted strawberries in other ways! So nom!

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  26. This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it. Love your writing style too by the way. So effing good. LOL.

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  27. Thinking of making this for Thanksgiving,can you use frozen strawberries?

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  28. Thinking of making this for my boyfriend and I for our upcoming anniversary. Only problem is, I'll likely have to make it the night before and leave it in the fridge at work the next day before I go over to his house. Will the cake keep ok in the fridge over night and most of the next day?

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    1. Yes that's fine, just make sure to keep the roasted strawberries separate from the cheesecake until you're ready to serve it!

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  29. Thank you! This will be perfect!!

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  30. Hey! This looks amazing. Is there anything I can use to substitute the eggs? I can't eat eggs. Thank you :)

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  31. I made this on the weekend for my birthday - it was incredibly delicious. Not difficult to make, just throw everything in the food processor. I tasted the raw mix before adding the eggs - it was unbelievably yummy and I wonder if you could just use that somehow. The roasted strawberries complement the baked cheesecake perfectly - they are a must. My cake cracked during baking but you cover it with the strawberries anyway so it didn't matter. I will definitely be making this again! I made it a day and a half ahead - it keeps well.

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  32. I made this last week and it was heavenly! Two thumbs up from everyone who enjoyed it at a family reunion..thanks so much for the wonderful recipe! I blogged about it and linked back to you :)

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