I’ve actually never made a baked cheesecake before. Cheesecake yes but baked no. This is a winner and I’d make it to feed a crowd or a large family because it makes so much. In fact I’m not sure we’re going to finish it all because retro daddy is on a health kick and won’t eat it (bad time to try eating healthy in this house!). If you have a thermomix AND a kitchen aid then you’ll love this recipe because you get to use both. But you don’t need either to make it and can go old school with beaters and so on.
This recipe comes from one of my favourite cookbooks, Monday Morning Cooking Club and is called South African Cheesecake. I’ve adapted it for the Thermomix!
What you’ll need:
250g packet of Marie biscuits
250g unsalted butter
6 eggs, separated
230g (1 cup) caster sugar
500g light cream cheese
250g cream cheese (the full fat stuff)
200ml cream (I use the lite version)
Now place the biscuits in your TM bowl and crush for 5 seconds on speed 9. Cube butter and place in microwave safe bowl and melt (takes me about 1- 1 1/2 minutes on high). Combine the butter and biscuits and press into a greased baking dish.
Now you want a deep dish, the recipe calls for a 31cm x 28cm dish which I didn’t have so my cheesecake was right up to the top of the dish. See what you have in your cupboards but go big!
Now place the egg yolks in your TM bowl and process for 1 minute on speed 3 until light and creamy. Add in sugar and process for 10 seconds on speed 3. Now add the cream cheese in 250g lots and process for 10 seconds on speed 4 after each addition to make sure there are no lumps in the mixture. Slowly add in cream while processing on speed 3 for about 10 seconds.
Now place egg whites in your kitchen aid or with beaters you want to beat until stiff peaks form. I love using my kitchen aid for this job as it just does such a good job, gets the air into the egg whites. You can do egg whites in the thermomix but I just prefer the kitchen aid for doing it and getting really stiff peaks
Now you are going to fold in your egg whites in a few batches. You can just add it into your TM bowl but I prefer to get a big bowl, pour in my cream cheese mixture and fold in my egg whites to the big bowl in a few batches. That way you make sure you are getting the egg whites right to the bottom of your bowl.
Pour this delicious mixture all over your biscuit base and bake in a 180 degree oven ( I did 350 degree F) for about 50 minutes until it’s golden brown and will still be wobbly. Don’t worry about this. Leave to cool then slice and serve at room temperature.
my helper now likes to be closer to the action!
Definitely give this one a go. It’s so easy and perfect for a family dessert or something a bit more special.