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Is Christmas pudding yuck? Try creamy apricot cheesecake instead

Updated on December 25, 2013

Is Christmas pudding a great dessert? Try simple apricot cheesecake instead

If you're not keen on Xmas pudding why not try a creamy apricot cheesecake for dessert this Christmas?
If you're not keen on Xmas pudding why not try a creamy apricot cheesecake for dessert this Christmas? | Source

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Simple apricot cheesecake

This creamy apricot cheesecake makes a really satisfying end to festive Christmas dinners, but it's so quick and easy to make that it soon becomes a favorite family dessert at any time of year.

My recipe was handed down by my mum

This cheesecake recipe is a tried and tested dessert. My mum passed the recipe on to me a few years back. You don't have to stick with apricots, though. Try the recipe with different fruits and amend the fruit glaze accordingly. I prefer the apricot cheesecake, I have to say. The apricots and creamy cheese layer mingle well together, creating a "feel good" factor every time.

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Mum, nursing her latest great grandchild in November 2013 | Source

Simple apricot cheesecake is an ideal Christmas dessert

Apricot cheesecake
Apricot cheesecake | Source

Simple apricot cheesecake recipe

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 33 min
Yields: Serves 6-8 people

Cheesecake Ingredients

  • 200g (8oz) digestive biscuits Digestive biscuits, Crushed into crumbs
  • 50g (2oz) Butter/margarine, Cut into chunks
  • 50g (2oz) Castor sugar
  • 200g (8oz) Cottage cheese
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) Carton fresh double cream
  • 400 g (15 oz) tin Halved apricots in fruit juice
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2tbsp Apricot jam, for glaze
  • 2tbsp Water, for glaze
  • 2tbsp Castor sugar, for glaze

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Cheesecake Instructions

  1. Heat butter/margarine in pan over low heat and add biscuit crumbs. Mix ingredients well until all fat melted.
  2. Spoon the biscuit mixture into a 20cm greased flan ring and press this biscuit base hard into a moulded and solid shape.
  3. Sieve cottage cheese into a bowl and add juice and finely chopped rind of lemon.
  4. Fold castor sugar into cheese mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to whisk cream until thick and standing in peaks.
  6. Add whisked cream to cheese mixture and mix together. Spoon the creamy cheese mix on top of the biscuit crumb base.
  7. Place flan ring into 'fridge to set.
  8. When set, remove cheesecake from flan ring.
  9. Drain juice from tin of apricots and decorate top of cheesecake with apricot pieces.
  10. Make glaze by combining apricot jam, water and sugar in a saucepan and boiling until it reaches a thickened consistency. Leave to cool.
  11. Pour cooled apricot glaze over the top of cheesecake and leave the completed cheesecake in cool place to set.

Serve on its own or with cream

Creamy apricot cheesecake is great served with cream
Creamy apricot cheesecake is great served with cream | Source

Serving

Serve your delicious apricot cheesecake on its own or add lashings of cream for a luxurious end to the meal.

The fruity and creamy textures of this simple cheesecake are a fantastic alternative to traditional Christmas pudding, but you'll find this dessert is so easy to make that it will become a regular addition to any meal at any time of year.

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Make cheesecakes with different fruits

Variations of this cheesecake could include fresh or tinned strawberries, with a strawberry jam glaze, or blackberries with a blackberry jam glaze.

You'll only need to amend the jam in the glaze to suit the fruits you choose to layer on the top of your cheesecake.

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Blueberry cheesecake would be an easy variation of this recipe
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      Michael O 3 years ago

      These look yummy! I'm going to have to attempt these when i have the chance.

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      Dawn Denmar 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      thank you..... the apricot is my favorite. My mum's made it for years. You should try it!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      These look so delicious! I love the apricot version - that's a new variation for me, and I need to try it! Great recipes.