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5 cheesecakes for the festive season

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 1 December 2021

With its make-ahead potential and crowd-pleasing promise, the humble cheesecake is up there with the best of them when it comes to desserts for the festive season. Best of all, both its biscuit base and creamy filling are endlessly customisable. Create a suitably festive cheesecake by opting for Christmassy flavour combinations, and incorporating seasonal ingredients and warming spices. From white chocolate and ginger to Bailey’s, here are 5 of our favourite festive cheesecake recipes to try this year.

chocolate espresso cheesecake

Ainsley Harriott’s Rich Chocolate and Espresso Cheesecake

Ainsley’s chocolate and coffee cheesecake is finished with an attractive scattering of chocolate shavings and espresso powder. Rich and glossy, it is sophistication defined.

White Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake

White Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake

The addition of stem ginger to Mary’s white chocolate cheesecake not only brings a touch of festive spice but also tempers the sweetness of the white chocolate.

Six-Minute Baileys Cheesecake

Six-Minute Baileys Cheesecake

by Sarah Rainey

Sarah Rainey’s Bailey’s-based cheesecake not only puts everyone’s favourite festive booze to good use but is also the ultimate choice for anyone who finds making a dessert daunting. Using just 7 basic ingredients and 6 minutes to whip up, it couldn’t be easier to make.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Cheesecake

by Martha Swift

Christmas is a time for all out decadence and with that firmly in mind we give you this recipe. Complete with glinting caramelised pecans and a salted caramel sauce, it’s the kind of dessert to silence a table while everyone tucks in.

Mary Berry’s Chocolate, Brandy and Ginger Cheesecake

Mary Berry’s Chocolate, Brandy and Ginger Cheesecake

Mary’s brandy-spiked cheesecake is rich with chocolate, spiced with ginger and laced with the perfect amount of booze.


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