Mango Cheesecake with Basil Lemon Syrup

Using basil in sweet dishes like this cheesecake gives a gentle aromatic twist.

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium

For the mango cheesecake

225g biscotti
180g butter, melted
2 (225g) packs of cream cheese, room temperature
225g whole milk ricotta cheese, room temperature
475ml mango puree
4 large eggs
150g sugar

For the basil lemon syrup

200g sugar
60ml lemon juice
60ml water
45g fresh basil leaves

For the Mango Cheesecake:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

Wrap the outside of a 23-cm springform cake tin with 7-cm-high sides with 2 layers of heavy-duty foil. Finely grind the biscotti in a food processor. Add the melted butter and process until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumb mixture over the bottom (not the sides) of the prepared cake tin. Bake until the crust is golden, about 15 minutes. Cool the crust completely on a cooling rack.

Blend the cream cheese and ricotta in a food processor. Add the mango purée, eggs, and sugar and pulse until the mixture is smooth.

Pour the mango mixture over the crust in the pan. Place the springform cake tin in a large roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform cake tin. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and moves slightly when the pan is gently shaken, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Transfer the cake to a cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator and cool completely, at least eight hours and up to two days.

For the Basil Lemon Syrup:

Place the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Cool the syrup completely. In a food processor combine the basil and the cooled syrup. Pulse until the herbs are finely chopped. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.

Slice the cheesecake and place on a serving plate. Drizzle with the syrup and serve.

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