Fruitcake and Eggnog Cheesecake

This was the family dessert for Christmas this year – it looked magical – tasted good too
I had my doubts about using the fruitcake for the base and was not really keen to use store bought cake – and didnt want to waste my home cooked Xmas cake if it didnt work out – hoewever I put my trust in AWW and forged haead – it worked

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Ingredients

  • 350 g fruit cake, chopped into 1cm slices
  • 750 g cream cheese, softened
  • 300 g sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup, 60ml brandy
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 2 cups, 440g caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup, 250ml water
  • Slices of fruit to top the cheesecake, such as orange segments, grapefruit segments, strawberry halves and kiwifruit slices

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180ºC, 160ºC fan forced. Line the cheesecake pan with parchment paper.

Arrange the fruit slices evenly across the base of the pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the slices seem slightly browned.

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Reduce the oven to 150ºC, 130ºC fan forced.

Place the cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, brandy, nutmeg and half of the sugar into the mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.

Add the eggs one at a time and beating in until just combined.

Pour the cheesecake mixture into the pan. Place in the preheated oven to bake for 45 minutes, or until it is just set.

Turn off the heat and open the oven door. Leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door open slightly until cooled.

Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Create a toffee topping the next day.

Pour the remaining sugar and water into a heavy based saucepan. Heat over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Reduce the heat to a simmer for another 10 minutes without stirring. When it turns golden brown, it’s ready, so remove from the heat.

Arrange the fruit slices across the cheesecake top. Drizzle the toffee over the fruit. Once it sets, the cheesecake is ready to serve

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 PS – I had fun doing the spun sugar however I put it in the fridge and it all turned to to sticky liquid…oh well!!

“Eggnog and fruit cake cheesecake” adapted from The AWW, Classic Christmas

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The AWW Christmas Collection

 

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