Cheesecake with Rhubarb

  • I live in West Yorkshire not far from the Rhubarb Triangle. 
  • However I do have rhubarb growing in my garden.
  • In the last week or so the rhubarb has started to spring up and I thought I would use it in a baked cheesecake – sernik.
  • There is cooked rhubarb in the cheese mix and a thick rhubarb syrup poured over the cake when it is served.
  • As the rhubarb has to be cold – best to make this the evening before.
  • In England ginger is often added to rhubarb – so here the biscuit base was made from crisp ginger biscuits.
  • This cake was a great hit with everyone who tried it.

Ingredients

  • 150g ginger biscuits
  • 70g butter
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  • 400g rhubarb (leaves and ends removed)
  • 90g granulated sugar
  • 100ml water
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  • 400g curd cheese (twaròg, yoghurt cheese  or cream cheese)
  • 90g granulated sugar
  • 1 egg & 2 yolks
  • 125ml soured cream

Method – Rhubarb

  • Cut the rhubarb into small chunks.
  • Simmer gently with the sugar and water.
  • Once the rhubarb is cooked – leave to cool.
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  • Place the mixture into a large sieve for an hour or so,
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  • Use the rhubarb pulp in the cake.
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  • Pour the liquid into a small saucepan and simmer gently.
  • Reduce the liquid until you have a thick syrup.
  • Leave to cool completely.

Method – Cake Base

  • Butter well a 20cm diameter loose bottomed tin.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Crush the biscuits till fine crumbs.
  • Mix the crushed biscuits and the melted butter.
  • Press the mixture down into the tin to cover the bottom.
  • Leave to cool completely.

Method – Cake Filling

  • Pre-heat the oven to GM3 – 160°C
  • Mix the curd cheese and sugar well.
  • Beat the egg and the yolks.
  • Add the egg mixture to the cheese mixture.
  • Mix in the soured cream.
  • Add in the rhubarb pulp and mix well.
  • Put the mixture on top of the biscuit base.
  • Flatten with a spatula.
  • Bake for around 1 hour 15 minutes.
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  • Turn off the oven and leave the door open 
  • Leave the cake inside to cool.
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  • To serve pour some rhubarb syrup over each portion.
  • Served on Royal Doulton – Carnation.
  • Rhubarb napkin from the Hepworth Gallery from a Rhubarb exhibition several years ago.

Note – this cheesecake does not keep as long as most- you need to get your friends and family round to eat it quickly!