White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cherries

Many moons ago a chap called Neil Diamond sang ‘Cherry, Cherry’. Before the comb-over. Or did he always have a comb-over? Anyway I was listening to that tune in the interminable jam on the A240 into South London when I decided to create a cheesecake with cherry influences.

That’s all bull – I found the recipe in a supermarket cookbook. I like the song though.

You can create two types of cheesecake – ones you bake and ones you don’t. I prefer the non-bake version as there is less to go wrong.

All you’ll need – except the cream. And the cheese…..

To create (and it is a creation) Cherry Cheesecake you’ll need:

  • 220g digestive biscuits
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 400g of cream cheese
  • 150g caster sugar (white)
  • 200ml double (heavy) cream
  • 200g white chocolate (the best that money can buy)

and…

  • 400g cherries (pitted)
  • 50g golden caster sugar

Line a 23cm springform tin with cling film:

Now smash merry hell out of the biscuits in a big bowl:

Melt the butter and stir into the biscuits:

Now push the biscuit mix into the base of the tin and put in the fridge to chill:

Meanwhile its time to construct the filling. First melt the white chocolate in a bowl over some simmering water:

Cream the soft cheese and caster sugar:

Then whisk the cream until it starts to form peaks. Now to combine your three bowls of creamy whiteness:

First stir the chocolate into the cheese. Then fold in the cream gently so that you don’t force the air out:

You end up with a gloriously shiny, creamy and totally delicious concoction which is now added to the biscuit base:

Smooth out evenly:

Put in the fridge to chill and set for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.

Lastly the cherry topping (optional really but the the cherries cut through the creamy sugariness a bit which gives a nice contrast).

First heat the pitted, halved cherries in a saucepan for a bit till they start to mush up a bit. Then add the sugar and simmer:

I also added some cherry brandy because its been hanging around with nothing to do:

Keep simmering until the juice reduces a bit and allow to cool down. Remove the cheesecake from the tin:

Lastly top the cheesecake with the cherries and pour the juice over the lot:

The juice soaks into the filling but that actually adds to the overall effect:

51 thoughts on “White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cherries

    • I think its:

      220g digestive biscuits – a packet (about 11 biscuits)
      75g unsalted butter – 3/4 of a stick
      400g of cream cheese -2 cups
      150g caster sugar (white) – 1 cup of superfine
      200ml double (heavy) cream – just under half a pint
      200g white chocolate (the best that money can buy) – about 8 ounces

      The cherries equal about 1 big punnet i reckon – good luck!

  1. You see, this is the perfect recipe for the left over cherries from my cherry vodka! ….and you don’t need the brandy. We make a good team :)

  2. I wish I had seen this the other day when I was looking for a simple dessert recipe. As you know, I am not a sweet treats queen, but I am setting myself up to step up to the challenge.

  3. Okay—exsqueeze me, but my mailbox is full of comments about Stan’s chocolate cheesecake and cherries. C’mon, peeps, is Stan’s c.c. w/ c. the be-all-end-all of c. w/ c’s? Have you tired Stan’s recipe? Have you TRIED PITTING CHERRIES?

    I for one can tell you, Stan had me at ’400g cherries (pitted)’.

    FIRST OFF, we with AmerriCan measuring cups don’t know what the heck 400g is. And SECOND OFF, pitting said 400g of cherries? Hello!? Pitting cherries is a pain in the buttsky!

    Who’s helping me out here in the kitchen? Cathy? Starproms? Diana? Scrounge Mom? Suburbia?

    And BTW, who’s bringing the cherry brandy? Because THAT sounds good. xx

  4. Goopy and yummy!

    Finding a chunk of cheesecake in Manhattan that costs less than $15 is the yearly challenge in our family. My kids have this idea that cheesecake flows freely in NYC, like chocolate at Willy Wonka’s.

    I’ll have to make a batch of this one up and stash it in my luggage for next time. Willy Wonka indeed!

  5. That looks totally delicious and I must try it very soon. I’ve never made cheesecake with white chocolate before but it appeals! How do you pit and stone the cherries? Have you got a magic device or is it hard labour?

  6. Wow! Looks wonderful – the first cheesecake I ever had was a black cherry one. I think I might just have to make this… Thanks for the recipe! :D

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