After making a Mushroom Chocolate Espresso Cake, I was looking forward to my next vegetable dessert baking experience. I was going to make a Creamy Cauliflower Cheesecake. The usual way I enjoy eating cauliflower is a cauliflower cheese bake and a cheesecake is not that much different (apart from the sugar and biscuit base)
Below is the recipe I used for the cheesecake. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Cheesecake Recipe (found in Fresh Magazine)
- 150g plain sweet biscuits (I used Marie biscuits)
- 125g butter, melted
Add biscuits to a food processor and process until finely crumbed. Add melted butter to the biscuit crumbs and stir. Press this mixture down into a 20cm lined springform tin and chill.
- 125g cauliflower florets
- 300g ricotta
- 250g cream cheese (at room temperature – a Nigella Lawson tip, will make your cheesecake extra creamy)
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- finely grated rind from 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sultanas
Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
Process the cauliflower until finely chopped.
Add ricotta, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon rind and juice. Process until smooth. Stir in sultanas.
Pour over biscuit base and bake for 45minutes or until set. Turn off oven and leave the cake to cool in the oven for three hours with the door slightly ajar.
Refrigerate your cheesecake overnight…no sneaky midnight trips to have a taste!
The next day, pop your cheesecake on a plate and serve with cream.
This was the first time I had made a baked cheesecake and, yes, it did crack. I allowed it to cool in the oven for the suggested time, so I’m not entirely sure what happened. I topped this cheesecake with shredded coconut. I had a slice of it for morning tea – perhaps I cut too big of a slice because I couldn’t eat lunch that day!
I enjoyed the lemony taste of this cheesecake and couldn’t taste the cauliflower at all – much like the espresso mushroom cake. It was an easy cheesecake to make and I will be making it again.
I also had a lovely customer, Eileen, email me a link to another yummy sounding cauliflower cake recipe. This cake is a savoury one and sounds like it would make a fantastic lunch or dinner dish to have with friends. Eileen mentioned that everyone she had made it for said it was delish!
So, if you are looking for a cheesecake with the added bonus of getting a nutrient hit from a veggie, this could be your recipe!
Now over to you: Do you have any interesting vegetable dessert recipes? Please share in the comments below – we would love to hear them!