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Baked Cheesecake & Star Anise Roasted Plums

By 1st March 2019 March 13th, 2019 Cook

We have just harvested the last of the plums on the farm. We have pickled them, spiced them, poached them and made so much jam! I even sent my youngest Ivy up to the top of the driveway to sell them to walkers (which she did very well at).
So I think you can tell that this week I’m talking plums. Not as the hero but as a slightly sour match with a wonderfully rich baked cheesecake.

 

Baked Cheesecake & Star Anise Roasted Plums

Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • 3 cups cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 ml cream
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • Zest of 1 lemon

For the Base
1 packet plain Digestive biscuits, crushed
100 gm unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Melt the butter and pour over the biscuit crumbs. Combine and press into a lined a 20 cm springform cake tin and chill.
Place the cream cheese and sugar into a bowl and beat well, continue to beat and add the eggs one at a time. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod and the lemon zest.
Pour the mixture on the biscuit base and level out with a spatula. Place into the oven on a low rack and bake for 35 minutes. Allow cooling at room temperature for at least a couple of hours.

Star Anise Roasted Plums

1 kg sweet plums, halved and pitted
6 star anise pods
Place the plum halves into a roasting tray and add in the star anise pods. Cover with tin foil and roast for 30 minutes.