The classic combination of figs, honey and ricotta sing together in sweet harmony in this autumnal dessert. Try to source a locally harvested honey if available, as it will add a unique flavour profile to your cheesecake. The figs can be served fresh if preferred, but the sweet bitterness of the brûlée adds a complexity of flavour that pairs beautifully with the honey. A blow torch makes the brûlée process a breeze, but you can easily accomplish a similar effect by grilling the figs briefly in the oven.
This recipe was created for and sponsored by my favourite supplier for all fresh produce, Harris Farm Markets.Print
Honey Ricotta Cheesecake + Brûléed Figs
- 260g digestive biscuits
- 80g unsalted butter, melted
- 1⁄4 tsp fine sea salt
Honey Ricotta Filling
- 250g cream cheese, softened
- 400g ricotta cheese
- 100g caster sugar, sifted
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 65ml local honey
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 10–12 fresh figs, washed
- Caster sugar, to brûlée
- Icing sugar, to dust
- Honey, to drizzle
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160° fan-forced), and line a 20cm (8”) spring-form pan with removable base with baking paper.
- Process digestive biscuits in a food processer until fine, then mix with melted butter and salt.
- Press mixture evenly over the base of spring-form pan then par-bake for 8-10 minutes until very lightly golden. Allow to cool.
Honey Ricotta Filling
- Whisk cream cheese lightly for 2-3 minutes in an electric mixer, ensuring it is smooth and softened, then add ricotta cheese and sugar and continuing whisking until light and creamy.
- Whisk in eggs, one by one, until smooth and creamy, then whisk in honey and vanilla on low speeding until combined.
- Pour filling into crust, then bake for 35 minutes in preheated oven. When done, the cheesecake should appear set but have a gentle wobble in the centre.
- Allow to cool completely in oven with door ajar, then refrigerate until set, ideally overnight.
- Slice each fig in half, then sprinkle each one with caster sugar.
- Brûlée fig halves using a blow torch, or using the oven on a grill setting.
- Serve cheesecake chilled with a light dusting of icing sugar.
- Plate each slice of cheesecake, then drizzle with honey and serve with 1-2 fig halves.
Makes one 20cm (8”) cheesecake and serves 8-10 people