Friday, February 15, 2008

…best ever Cheesecake

If recipes were clothes, then this one would be ‘vintage’. It’s been my favourite cheesecake recipe (since 1989) because it doesn’t have a kilo of cream cheese like a lot of others. I’ve changed it to include light as well as full fat cream cheese, and I use light sour cream as well. There’s no difference to the taste as a result; in fact, I think the texture is finer.
It’s also delicious spread with passionfruit curd before serving.

Serves 6-8

The base:
1 cup Arnotts Scotch Finger or Nice biscuit crumbs (about 9 Nice biscuits – crush in food processor)
6 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar

The filling:
375g cream cheese
2 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1 cup light sour cream

To make the base:
Line a 20cm springform cake tin with aluminium foil, leaving an overhang to lift out the cheesecake. Combine all ingredients and press firmly into the base.

To make the filling:
Beat the cream cheese a little until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in sour cream and mix well. Spoon into the crust and bake in the centre of a pre-heated 120 deg C oven for 35 minutes or until the filling is set.
Remove from the oven and cool in the tin on a cake rack.
Serve at room temperature.

Adapted from Vogue Entertaining Oct/Nov 1989. So last century, but so good.


  1. 1989? Wow, you really hang on to your back issues! :-D

  2. Y - Yeah this is an oldie but a goodie. And the fashions in the old issues are good for a laugh.

  3. Haha, I have that issue hanging around my room at my parents place ! Bought it when I was 17. I live in London now but I read recently that Australian Vogue Entertaining is/was considered one of the world's best food magazines, the beautiful styling and photography has inspired the magazines here in the UK.
    You've brought back fond memories of reading every article and studying every photo and recipe! Thanks !

  4. Hello anon - I have lots of issues from that era as well, and it's amazing how you can remember the articles from each issue. The design back then was certainly groundbreaking. I like to read 'olive' from the UK now as well.