The tangy goats’ cheese in this spiced cheesecake is a wonderful base for sweet rhubarb.
By Angela Hartnett
From Saturday Kitchen
For the cheesecake
175g/6oz digestive biscuits
300g/10½oz soft goats’ cheese
125g/4½oz runny honey, plus 4 tbsp to serve
1 vanilla pod, seeds only
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
pinch freshly ground nutmeg
175g/6oz crème fraîche
3 free-range eggs, beaten
For the poached rhubarb
700g/1lb 9oz rhubarb, cut into 3–4cm/1½in pieces
400g/14oz caster sugar
100g/3½oz walnuts, broken into pieces
100g/3½oz hazelnuts, chopped
Preheat the oven 170C/150C Fan/Gas 3½. Put the biscuits in a food processor and blitz to fine crumbs.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the biscuit crumbs and mix. Tip into an 18–20cm/7–8in loose-bottomed tart tin and press down. Cover and put in the fridge.
Put the goats’ cheese, honey, vanilla seeds, spices, crème fraîche and eggs in a large bowl and mix.
Pour the mixture onto the biscuit base and smooth with a pallette knife. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the filling is set but there is still a bit of a wobble. Leave to cool completely before placing in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
When you are ready to serve the cheesecake, preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3. Toss the rhubarb with the sugar, cover with 400ml/14fl oz water and bake for 10 minutes.
Heat a small frying pan over a medium heat and cook the honey and nuts for 2–3 minutes.
Remove the cheesecake from the tin and cut into slices. Scatter the nuts over the top and serve with the poached rhubarb.