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1 hour, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 18 November 2010

Gastro-gnome Nigel Barden serves up a delicious American cheesecake for Simon and the team. You can get the recipe sent to you by signing up to The Foody Text Club. There's money with Rebecca Pike, sport with Matt Williams and travel with Sally Boazman. Regular features include Homework Sucks, Confessions and a crucial Quiz of the Day. Who, we wonder, will have to buy the muffins? We want your Three Word Thursdays, too. Plus a selection of classic tunes to get you home, including a Country Showstopper, chosen by you.

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  • Cheesecake

    Mascarpone & Ginger Cheesecake
    By Books for Cooks (Issue 1) taken from Patricia Lousada’s ‘Flavours of the Sun’

    Prep time 20 mins
    Cooking time 30 mins (& allow for cooling)
    Serves 8


    For the filling

    480g /1lb full fat cream cheese
    240g/8oz mascarpone cheese
    180g/6oz caster sugar
    2 free-range eggs
    8 pieces of stem ginger chopped

    For the base

    240g/8oz ginger nut biscuits
    120g/40z unsalted butter


    1. Pre-heat the oven on a low heat 150C/300F/Gas2

    2. Place a dish of hot water on the bottom rack of the oven (to create a moist atmosphere & avoid the cake from cracking)

    3. Crush the biscuits with a rolling pin or in a blender, melt the butter & mix together.

    4. Press the biscuit mixture into the bottom of a 24cm/9” round non-stick cake tin with a removable base, & put to one side.

    5. Mix together the cream cheese & mascarpone until smooth.

    6. Stir in sugar & eggs, one at a time.

    7. Mix in the ginger well.

    8. Spread the mixture evenly over the biscuits & bake for 30 mins until just set.

    9. Turn the oven off & leave cheesecake to cool completely inside the oven.

    10. Once cooled put in the fridge for at least 2hrs or overnight.

    11. Before un-moulding run a warm knife around the cheesecake to loosen the sides. This is best done when cold.

    12. Leave at room temp for 30-40 mins before serving.

    If you fancy, decorate prettily with rounds of stem ginger.


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