Gluten free New York style cheesecake

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  • A healthier New York style cheesecake made with Sweet Freedom instead of table sugar

    A healthier New York style cheesecake made with Sweet Freedom instead of table sugar, also delicious in gluten free format.

    Ingredients:

    Biscuits for Base
    75g Self Raising Flour
    115g Rolled Oats
    75g Sweet Freedom Original
    75g Rapeseed Oil

    Base
    175g Biscuits    
    75g Butter

    Filling
    500g Cream Cheese
    100g Crème Fraîche
    100g Sweet Freedom Original
    10g Cornflour
    Finely Grated Zest of ½ Lemon
    1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
    2 Medium Eggs

    Method:

    Preheat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C.

    Mix together all the ingredients for the biscuits until it forms a soft dough. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, roll each piece into a ball and place them, well apart, on a baking tray lined with non stick baking parchment. Flatten the balls with your hand to form circles 6-7cm in diameter. Bake the biscuits for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack and leave to cool.

    Line the sides of a 20cm/8” loose bottomed round tin with baking parchment.

    Melt the butter and crush the biscuits until they form fine crumbs. Mix the melted butter and crumbs and tip into the prepared tin. Using the back of a fork or spoon press evenly over the base. Chill until required.

    Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C.

    Whisk together the cream cheese; crème fraîche and Sweet Freedom Original, making sure that there are no lumps of cream cheese in the mixture. Next whisk in the cornflour, lemon zest and vanilla extract. Finally whisk in the eggs. Pour into the tin and then place in the oven.

    Cook for 5 minutes then turn the temperature down to 110C/Fan 90C and cook for a further 20-25 minutes. The edges should feel firm but the centre will still have a slight wobble. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door open. When it is cool transfer to the fridge and leave to chill overnight.

    Serve with fresh fruit.

    Gluten Free Base

    100g Hazelnuts or Almonds, lightly toasted & skins removed
    50g Hazelnut or Almond Butter
    25g Sweet Freedom Original

    Blitz the nuts in a food processor until they form fine nibs (if you use the ready chopped nuts these need to be ground into smaller pieces). Add the nut butter and Sweet Freedom and process until the ingredients are all combined. Tip the mixture into the prepared tin and using the back of a fork or spoon press evenly over the base.

    Sweet Freedom is available to purchase from the sugar shelf at Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Ocado. RRP £2.99

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