This amazing cheesecake is based on a wonderful recipe by the famous American food writer Rose Levy Beranbaums. KitchenAid has taken a classic and created our own version: simpler to make and with a biscuit crumb base.
280g good quality biscuits (we use Digestives) for Gluten free choice see below*
150g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
⅓ cup (80g) caster sugar
200g white chocolate, roughly chopped
500g cream cheese, softened to room temperature
⅓ cup (80g) caster sugar
1 tbs cornflour
3 large eggs
finely grated rind 1 large lemon and 1 tbs juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
500g vanilla yoghurt
selection of berries or stone fruits to serve
icing sugar to serve
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan forced). Line the base of a heavy duty, 22cm spring form cake pan with baking paper and wrap a layer of foil across the outside base and up to the top of the pan. This is to prevent leaks.
Attach the food grinder, fitted with the coarse plate, to the stand mixer and place the mixing bowl under the chute. Turn the mixer to speed 6 and grind the biscuits.
Attach the mixing bowl, containing the crushed biscuits, to the stand mixer along with the flat beater. Add the butter and sugar to the crushed biscuits and mix on speed 2 until well combined. Press the mixture firmly into the base of the prepared pan. Refrigerate while making the filling.
Gently melt the white chocolate in a heat proof glass bowl, placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir the chocolate until smooth, taking care not to overheat. It is important that no steam or water gets into the chocolate otherwise it will ‘seize’ and become grainy.
Attach a clean and dry mixing bowl to the stand mixer, fitted with the flat beater and the pouring shield. Add the cream cheese and sugar to the bowl; turn the mixer to speed 4 and beat until smooth. Add the cornflour and then the eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice, vanilla and yoghurt. Mix until just combined. Pour in the cooled chocolate and lightly mix.
Place the prepared spring form pan in a large baking dish and pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared cake pan. Fill the baking dish with boiling water until the water comes about half way up the sides of the spring form pan.
Bake on the centre shelf of the oven for 45-50 minutes until set. Turn the oven off and leave the baking dish in the oven, with the door ajar, for 1 hour to allow the cheesecake to cool slowly. This prevents cracks appearing in the top of the cheesecake. Remove the pan from the baking dish and allow the cheesecake to cool completely before carefully removing from the pan.
Dust the cheesecake with icing sugar and serve with berries or stone fruits.
This cheesecake is best eaten on the day it is made as the texture before refrigeration is simply divine and very luscious. If any cake is leftover, please refrigerate.
- If you prefer a finer textured base use the fine grinding plate to crush the biscuits.
- Ensure the chocolate has cooled, but is still liquid, before adding to the creamy mixture. If the temperatures of the chocolate and cream mixture are too different, the chocolate will set and the mixture will not be smooth.
- To make Gluten Free, please use Gluten Free 'tea biscuits' - or similar in the crust to replace the Digestives.