Ingredients

Crust

  • 110 grams (4 ounces) cookies
  • 40 grams (1.5 ounces) any nuts
  • 40 grams (1.5 ounces) butter (melted)

Cheese Filling (all ingredients at room temperature)

  • 400 grams (14 ounces) cream cheese
  • 150 grams (5.5 ounces) heavy cream (33%)
  • 70 grams (2.5 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of lemon/orange

Passion Fruit Curd

  • 50 grams (2 ounces) passion fruit puree
  • 75 grams (3 ounces) eggs
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) sugar
  • 70 grams (2.5 ounces) butter

Equipment

  • Baking Form

    An 18 cm (7 inches) baking form is ideal for this recipe. Make sure it's non-stick for easy removal.

  • Food Processor or Blender

    Essential for crushing cookies and nuts uniformly and blending the passion fruit curd smoothly.

  • Silicone Spatula

    Perfect for mixing cream cheese, powdered sugar, and zest, as it doesn't trap ingredients like wooden spoons can.

  • Paddle Attachment

    If using a mixer, the paddle attachment will make your cheese filling silky smooth.

  • Thick-bottomed Saucepan

    Necessary for preparing the passion fruit curd, as it ensures even cooking and prevents burning.

  • Thermometer

    Keep an eye on the temperature of the curd to make sure it reaches the perfect 72°C (162°F).

Instructions

Step 1

Preparing the Crust

Crush cookies and nuts, mix with melted butter.
Press the mixture into the bottom of an 18 cm (7 inches) baking form.

Step 2

Making the Cheese Filling

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and zest with a silicone spatula or in a mixer using a paddle attachment.
Add the egg and heavy cream, and mix well.
Pour the cheese mixture onto the crust.

Step 3

Baking the Cheesecake

Bake the cheesecake for 1.5 hours at 110°C (230°F).
Allow to cool in the turned-off oven.

Step 4

Preparing the Passion Fruit Curd

In a saucepan with a thick bottom, place everything except the butter, and blend.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a silicone spatula until it reaches 72°C (162°F).
Blend again, add butter, and blend once more.
Cool down and pour over the cheesecake or serve separately.

Servings

Indulge in the luxurious flavors of this Passion Fruit Cheesecake by serving it chilled for maximum enjoyment. Here are some fun and creative ways to serve:

  • Tropical Feast: Decorate the top with some exotic fruits like kiwi, mango slices, or extra passion fruit seeds for a burst of color and flavor. 🍍🥭
  • Elegant Evenings: Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a drizzling of passion fruit curd for an elegant presentation. 🍰
  • Coffee Companion: Pair it with a strong brew of coffee or espresso to balance the sweet and tart flavors. ☕
  • Party Perfection: Cut the cheesecake into bite-sized pieces and serve on a platter for a delightful party treat. 🎉

Variations

Whether you're catering to a gluten-free or vegan crowd, this recipe has you covered with a few simple tweaks:

  • Gluten-Free Variation:

    Simply swap out the cookies for gluten-free alternatives and make sure the nuts you're using are labeled gluten-free. 🌾❌

  • Vegan Variation:

    For the crust, use vegan butter and opt for vegan cookies. Replace the cream cheese with a vegan cream cheese substitute and use coconut cream instead of heavy cream. For the egg, use a flaxseed or chia seed substitute. For the curd, use a plant-based butter. 🥥🌱

Faq

  • How do I prevent my cheesecake from cracking?

    Ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing. Baking slowly at a low temperature helps as well. Let the cheesecake cool in the oven to avoid sudden temperature changes.

  • Can I use a different fruit for the curd?

    Absolutely! Mango, lemon, or even raspberry could be fantastic substitutes for the passion fruit puree.

  • How do I know when the cheesecake is done?

    The cheesecake should be set but still slightly jiggly in the center. This will firm up as it cools.

  • How long can I store the cheesecake?

    Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, your cheesecake will last up to 4-5 days.

  • Can I make the cheesecake ahead of time?

    Yes, you can prepare it one or two days in advance. It actually tastes even better after sitting in the fridge for a day!

  • What's the best way to slice the cheesecake neatly?

    Use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped clean before each cut. This helps you get smooth, clean slices.

Nutrition facts

Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Curd
Recipe Yield:10 servings
Calories:Approx. 375 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):350 - 400
Total Fat:28g
Saturated Fat:15g
Protein:5g
Total Carbohydrate:25g
Total Sugars:20g