Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Donna Hay Masterchef Masterclass

I haven't been watching much of the Masterchef series on TV, but I was very happy that I switched on just in time to see Donna Hay making this Classic Baked Cheesecake on Friday night.

I have just had a weekend away with family, this would have been the perfect cheesecake to have taken along.

I have highlighted Donna's top tips in red.

Classic Baked Cheesecake


1/3 cup ground almonds (almond meal)

• ¾ cup plain flour

• ¼ cup caster sugar
90g chilled butter, chopped


• 330g cream cheese, softened
500g fresh ricotta
4 eggs

• 1 1/3 cups caster sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

• ¼ cup lemon juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1½ tablespoons cornflour

• 1½ tablespoons water

• strawberries and raspberries, to decorate


1. Preheat oven to 150°C.

2. To make the base, place the ground almonds, flour, sugar and butter into a bowl. Rub mixture with your fingertips until it forms coarse crumbs.

3. Line the base of a 20cm spring form tin with non-stick baking paper. (Flip the base of your spring form tin, upside down and then line with baking paper - for better presentation ) Place the base mixture in the tin and press gently with fingers until even and then smooth out with the back of a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes or until light golden, set aside.

4. To make the filling, place the cream cheese, ricotta, eggs, sugar, lemon rind, juice and vanilla in a food processor. Combine the cornflour and water until smooth and add to the cheese mixture. Process the mixture until smooth.

5. Grease the sides of the cake tin with a little melted butter and then pour the filling over the base. Tap lightly to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and stand the cake in the oven for 1 hour, leaving the door closed. Refrigerate until cold and serve with fresh berries.

Donna used a very luscious looking fresh ricotta, it may be worth trying to find some to make this cheesecake.

1 comment:

  1. I find Donna Hay makes me feel like i'm capable of making anything, like Jamie Oliver, they are both real life cooks, makes such a difference when they are offering up recipes you will actually try & your family will love. Love Posie


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