Melon and honeycomb cheesecake

Melon and honeycomb cheesecake

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Sweet
Serves
6

I love all different types of melon, and I’ve found it goes really well with honeycomb and a set-cream dessert like cheesecake. Do make sure you reduce the oven temperature so as not to overcook the cheesecakes, or they’ll crack. Once they’re baked, don’t put them in the fridge or they’ll become too solid. The best cheesecake I ever tasted was from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake in New York. All she sells is cheesecakes – and lots of them! You can buy the honeycomb if you don’t want to make it.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the honeycomb

Quantity Ingredient
200g caster sugar
50ml runny honey
1 tablespoon liquid glucose
50ml water
3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
oil, for greasing

For the cheesecakes

Quantity Ingredient
butter, for greasing
60g caster sugar
1 level tablespoon cornflour
280g cream cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
125ml double cream

For the garnish

Quantity Ingredient
1/4 watermelon, peeled, juices reserved and cut into balls with a melon baller
1/4 honeydew, cantaloupe and galia melons, peeled and cut into balls with a melon baller
1 tablespoon baby basil cress

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and butter six 5cm metal rings. Line the open bases with proper clingfilm (not food wrap) and place in a deep-sided oven tray.
  2. Start by making the honeycomb. Place the sugar, honey, glucose and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Continue to cook until the temperature reaches 160°C on a sugar thermometer. Remove from the heat and quickly beat in the bicarbonate of soda, stirring constantly.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with a little oil, then line with silicone paper. Pour the honeycomb mixture onto the paper. Set aside until hard, then break into 1cm pieces.
  4. To make the cheesecakes, stir the sugar and cornflour together in a food mixer or large bowl, then beat in the cream cheese. Continue until the mixture is smooth, then add the egg. Add the vanilla bean paste and cream and whisk until smooth, then spoon into the rings, filling them right to the top.
  5. Fill the tray with enough hot water to come 1cm up the side of the rings and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes until just set.
  6. Remove the cheesecakes from the oven and cool on a wire rack completely. Once cool, transfer to the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.
  7. While the cheesecakes cool, blitz 50g of the honeycomb in a food processor to fine crumbs and place on a plate.
  8. When you are ready to serve, remove the cheesecakes from the rings. To help you do this cleanly, warm each ring very quickly with a blow torch, or dip a cloth into hot water and run it around the ring. Dip the top side of the cheesecake in the crushed honeycomb to cover it then place, honeycomb-side up, onto the serving plate.
  9. Arrange the balls of melon around each plate. Drizzle with some of the watermelon juices and garnish with pieces of honeycomb and some basil cress.
Tags:
James Martin
Saturday Kitchen
desserts
puddings
sweet
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