Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hi there,

I am sharing a dessert which would be suitable for Christmas in Australia - a lovely cheesecake.

Christmas cheesecake

Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 200g packet digestive biscuits
  • 85g unsalted butter, melted
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 100ml Dairy Farmers Thickened Cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste*
  • 300g Dairy Farmers Sour Cream
  • 150g Dairy Farmers Traditional Natural Yogurt
  • 300g frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbs port
  • 1 tsp arrowroot
  • 8 small rosemary sprigs dusted with icing sugar, to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Process biscuits to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add butter and whiz to combine. Press evenly into the base of a 20cm springform cake pan and chill while you make the filling.
  3. Place cheese, thickened cream, eggs, 100g caster sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste in the (cleaned) food processor, and process until smooth. Spread filling over biscuit base.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until filling has set. Remove cake from oven and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine sour cream, yoghurt, another 50g caster sugar and remaining vanilla paste. Spread over cake, then return to oven for a further 10 minutes. Set aside to cool, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Place remaining 50g sugar, cranberries and port in a saucepan over low heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir.Continue to cook until the cranberries give off their juice. Stir arrowroot into a dash of the juice, then add to pan with berry mixture and continue to cook until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and cool.
  7. To serve, top cake with cranberry sauce and garnish with the dusted rosemary sprigs.

How are your Christmas plans coming along - have you started your cards, etc.

I have some group cards to write and they will be the first of mine to be done.

Tonight I turned on a lovely fibre optic Christmas Tree and started to feel good about the fact that there are really not very many more sleeps until the big day.

I shall be back tomorrow with some more things about Christmas and how it is special to me all year round.

Love and hugs,


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