Persimmon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust

    Persimmon Cheesecake with Walnut Crust

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    This is a light and delicious baked persimmon cheesecake. It has a tasty crust made of ground walnuts.

    Serves: 12 

    • 2 cups (250g) chopped walnuts
    • 1/3 cup (60g) brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 cups pureed persimmons
    • 750g cream cheese, softened
    • 1 1/4 cups (280g) white sugar
    • 3/4 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 6 eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:1hour30min  ›  Extra time:8hours chilling  ›  Ready in:9hours55min 

    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
    2. Chop the walnuts in a food processor until fine. Mix together in a bowl with the brown sugar and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 20cm springform pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
    4. Combine the persimmons, cream cheese, 1 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup sour cream, cinnamon and ginger in a food processor. Blend in processor until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape edges of food processor bowl with a spatula. Add the eggs, one at a time, and process until fully incorporated. Pour the mixture over the cooled crust.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven until mostly set with the centre being slightly jiggly, 60 to 75 minutes.
    6. While the cheesecake is baking, whisk together the 1 1/4 cups sour cream, 3 tablespoon white sugar and vanilla essence. Spread evenly over the cheesecake while still hot and return to oven another 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Loosely cover with aluminium foil and refrigerate 4 to 8 hours or overnight before serving.

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