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Hearty Valentine's day cheesecake flatlay cut slice

Hearty Valentine's Cheesecake

GeorgiaDm
This hearty Valentine's cheesecake is made only with honey and is gluten-free. So creamy and delicious that you can't stop eating it.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Chilling time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 12
Calories 347 kcal

Equipment

  • 20cm (8 inch) - 22cm (9 inch) springform pan

Ingredients
  

For the sauce

  • 50 g/1.8 oz raspberries
  • 50 g/1.8 oz blueberries
  • 50 g/1.8 oz blackberries
  • 50 g/1.8 oz red currants
  • 21 g/1 tbsp honey
  • 7.5 g/1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp lemon juice

For the base/crust

  • 80 g/2.82 oz unpitted Medjool dates
  • 135 g/1 ½ cup rolled oats gluten-free
  • 70 g/2.46 oz raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 60 g/2.11 oz butter melted

For the cream/filling

  • 400 g/14.1 oz cream cheese
  • 125 g/4.14 oz sour cream
  • 175 g/6.17 oz mascarpone
  • 120 g/4.23 oz honey
  • 3 large eggs organic
  • 40 g/1.41 oz cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Preparing the sauce

  • Start with the berry sauce.
  • Puree the berries in a food processor or blender until smooth. Pass the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds, and pour it into a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat, add the honey, and stir. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the cornstarch, diluted with the lemon juice.
  • Whisk the sauce and simmer while stirring, until it has slightly thickened. Set the sauce aside to cool.

Preparing the base/crust

  • Line the bottom and sides of the springform pan with parchment paper.
  • Put the hazelnuts, rolled oats, and dates into a food processor, and blitz until finely grounded.
  • Add the melted butter, honey, and cocoa powder, and process until the mixture has the texture of wet sand. It should be crumbly, but when pressed, the ingredients should stick together.
  • Transfer the mixture into the springform pan, spread it evenly with a spatula, and press.
  • Wrap the outer skirt of the springform pan with aluminum foil.

Preparing the cream/filling

  • Preheat the oven at 165ºC (325ºF).
  • Use a mixer with the wire whip and mix the cream cheese, mascarpone, and sour cream, until smooth. Scrape down the mixer bowl with a spatula.
  • Add the eggs to the mixture, one by one, at low speed, and scrape down the mixer bowl every time.
  • Pour the honey and lightly blend until incorporated.
  • Add the cornstarch to the batter and blend at low speed, until just mixed in. Be careful not to overmix it.
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve over the crust, to ensure that there are no lumps. Tap the springform pan lightly against the counter, to remove any bubbles.

Assemble

  • Using a clean syringe, pipe small circles with the sauce over the cheesecake.
  • Use a toothpick and run it through the center of each circle, to create a heart. Don't lift the toothpick until the end of the line.
  • Place the springform pan into a roasting pan. Carefully pour 2-3cm (1 inch) boiled water in the roasting pan, and place it in the oven.
  • Bake the cheesecake for 50-60 minutes, until the outside is set and golden, and the center is slightly wobbly (jiggles).
  • Remove from the oven and water bath, and let it cool completely (room temperature) in the springform pan. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  • Remove from the springform (use a knife if needed to loosen it up), cut it into slices, and serve.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Bake the cheesecake in a water bath. This helps the cheesecake to bake and rise evenly, and also it doesn't collapse when it starts cooling.
To ensure that the cheesecake isn't lumpy, all of the ingredients should be at room temperature.
Do not overmix the batter otherwise more air is incorporated into the batter and the cheesecake can crack or sink after baking.
Overbaking the cheesecake can lead to cracks. Bake until the edges are set and the middle is still wobbly.
Serve it cold, plain, topped with extra berries or with extra berry sauce.
Keep it in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.
Keyword berry cheesecake, cheesecake, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, sugar-free, Valentine's day