Simple vanilla cheesecake

Easy vanilla cheesecake

  • serves 10
  • Easy

Sometimes, simple really is best. Keep it classic with this perfect cheesecake, flavoured only with vanilla extract and lemon zest

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Ingredients

  • salted butter 75g
  • digestive biscuits 250g
  • soft cheese 680g
  • icing sugar 75g
  • vanilla extract 2 tsp
  • double cream 300ml
  • lemon ½, finely zested

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the butter in a large pan and heat until it melts, then keep cooking until it turns golden brown and smells nutty.

  • Step 2

    Put the biscuits in a food processor and whizz until crumbs. Tip into the melted butter and stir to combine.

  • Step 3

    Take a 20cm springform tin and flip the base so the bevelled side is uppermost – this will help when releasing the cheesecake later. Tip in the biscuit mix and pack down, using the back of a spoon to smooth it. Chill in the fridge while you do the next step.

  • Step 4

    Put the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat briefly with electric beaters to loosen. Add the double cream, a quarter at a time, allowing the mixture to thicken as you beat – it should be thick enough by the end that you have to shake a spoon to release it. Beat in the lemon zest, then scrape on top of the biscuit base and smooth out. Chill in the fridge overnight, then slice and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 528
  • Fat 44.2g
  • Saturates 26.7g
  • Carbs 25.7g
  • Sugars 14.2g
  • Fibre 1g
  • Protein 5.8g
  • Salt 1g
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