Simon Hulstone's passion fruit and vanillacheesecake recipe provides a sumptuous treat which both looks and tastes delicious. The passion fruit purée used in this lovely dessert, can be bought online or from selected health and food retailers.
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To make this vanilla cheesecake recipe start by creaming the mascarpone and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. In a heavy based saucepan bring the double cream, sugar, lemon and orange zests and vanilla to the boil. Remove from the heat, strain into a clean pan and allow to cool slightly
600g of mascarpone
250g of cream cheese
150ml of double cream
50g of sugar
1 large orange
1 vanilla pod
Add the gelatine to the pan with the cream and stir well while heating through. When the gelatine has melted, remove from the heat and save for later
3 1/2 bronze gelatine leaves
Crush the biscuits in a food processor or put them in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin. Stir the butter into the food processor bowl and then press the mixture into a mould - preferably with a removable base
10 digestive biscuits
50g of butter
Fold the cream mix into the mascarpone mix and combine thoroughly. Pour onto the biscuit base in the mould. Leave approximately 5mm from the top and allow to set
Soak the gelatine in cold water for about 5 minutes, until soft and pliable. Heat the purée, sugar and water in a pan. Add the drained gelatine and let it melt into the mix. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to settle to room temperature
200g of passion fruit purée
50g of sugar
50ml of water
3 bronze gelatine leaves
Once cool but not set, pour the passion fruit jelly over the set cheesecake to fill the remaining 5mm. Allow to set in the fridge for a couple of hours
Once set, remove the vanilla cheesecake from the mould and serve
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