Easy vanilla cheesecake
Ready In 90 mins
- 250g digestive biscuits,
- 100g butter melted,
- 1 vanilla pod,
- 600g cream cheese,
- 100g icing sugar,
- 280ml double cream,
- Chocolate & Coffee Balsamic to serve
Butter and line a 23cm loose-bottomed tin with baking parchment. Put 250g digestive biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin or blitz in a food processor.
Transfer to a bowl, then pour over 100g melted butter. Mix thoroughly until the crumbs are completely coated. Tip them into the prepared tin and press firmly down into the base to create an even layer. Chill in the fridge for 1 hr to set firmly.
To remove the vanilla seeds from their pod, slice the pod in half lengthways, leaving the tip intact, so that the two halves are still joined. Holding onto the tip of the pod, scrape out the seeds using the back of a kitchen knife.
To make the filling, place the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla seeds in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Tip in the double cream and continue beating until the mixture is completely combined. Now spoon onto the biscuit base and spread to create a smooth, even layer with the back of a dessert spoon or spatula. Leave to set in the fridge for a few hours.
Bring the cheesecake to room temperature about 30 mins before serving. To un-mould, place the base on top of a can, then gradually pull the sides of the tin down. Slip the cake onto a serving plate. Slice and serve drizzled with Chocolate & Coffee Balsamic or try with Black Cherry Balsamic for a indulgent fruity twist.