Salted Honey Cheesecake with Ginger

Salted Honey Cheesecake

An incredibly soft and creamy baked cheesecake studded with pieces of stem ginger and topped with salted honey caramel! This Salted Honey Cheesecake with Ginger is perfect for holidays or to serve at the end of your summer dinner party!

Before I start singing its praises, I must mention that this is Janine Ratcliff’s recipe, that we’ve adjusted to make it smaller and jazzed up with some stem ginger! Although we made it smaller, it still, just like the original recipe stated, served eight (or two of us for dessert after 4 meals!). Here’s the link to the original recipe, that we highly recommend, if you are not a fan of ginger.

I don’t even know how to start describing this ever so dreamy baked cheesecake! I want to say this is my favourite cheesecake in the world, but I could probably say this about at least five other cheesecakes that we make. It is the creamiest most delightful cheesecake you will ever make, that has it all – sweet with honey, exciting with a touch of salt, with a tang from creme fraiche and a bit of heat of stem ginger.

The cheesecake itself is a very creamy and light baked mousse-like texture. Whilst there’s a slight hint of honey sweetness, the main flavour is definitely ginger, which comes from gingernuts in the base and also from little jewels of stem ginger in the cheesecake filling as well. What makes this cheesecake really very very special is the salted honey caramel. It is sweet and sticky, and it has the most delicious honey flavour. It was the first time I’ve made caramel using honey, and I was amazed at how much I liked it. Whilst it is sweeter than the traditional caramel and you only need a couple of drops of it on top of your cheesecake, the intense honey flavour brings the dessert alive and makes it extremely memorable.

Salted Honey Cheesecake

The creme fraiche layer topping the cheesecake is optional, of course, but I found that the tang of it really cuts through the sweetness of honey caramel and makes the dessert fresher-tasting.

This is almost a refined sugar-free dessert. If you can get sugar free biscuits and stem ginger, or better yet, make them yourself, then you have yourself a very decadent creamy and sweet cheesecake that is entirely refined-sugar-free!


How to Make Salted Honey Cheesecake?

Preheat the oven to 150 C Fan. Wrap the bottom of the tin with tin foil (see photos below).

Using a rolling pin crush the gingernut biscuits into crumbs or, alternatively, process them in a food processor. Mix in the melted butter and press the mixture into the base of a 20cm springform tin. Place in the oven for 5 minutes and then leave to cool down.

Place cream cheese, flour, honey, vanilla paste and creme fraiche in a large bowl and beat until smooth (take your time here – it normally takes about 3 minutes using an electric hand-held mixer). Add the eggs, egg yolk and stem ginger and mix those in with a spatula. Don’t use the electric mixer once the eggs are added, as you may introduce too much air into the mixture and your cheesecake will likely crack when baking. For more tips on how to prevent the cheesecake from cracking, have a look at our post here.

Pour the filling on top of the gingernut biscuit base. Then place the tin in a baking tray with high rims and pour approx. 2cm of boiling water in the baking tray to surround the cheesecake (the foil will protect the cheesecake from water seeping in).

Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Your cheesecake should be set around the edges, but still, have a good wobble in the middle. Leave the cheesecake to cool in the switched-off oven for an hour, then open the door and leave it for another hour. Continue cooling at room temperature.

When your cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, spread the creme fraiche on top and transfer to a fridge for at least 3 hours to firm up.

In the meantime, make the salted honey topping. Place the honey,1 tbsp of water and lemon juice in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat stirring continuously until the mixture is starting to boil. Then stop stirring, but instead swirl the pan until the mixture turns a slightly darker golden colour. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the double cream. Finally, stir in the salt and leave to cool down. The mixture will thicken slightly as it cools.

Take the cheesecake out of the fridge half an hour before serving. Run the knife around the inner edge of the tin to help release the cheesecake. Serve with the salted honey spooned over the top!

Salted Honey Cheesecake

For other creamy dessert ideas, have a look at the recipes below:

Salted Honey Cheesecake

Salted Honey Cheesecake with Ginger

An incredibly soft and dreamy baked cheesecake studded with pieces of stem ginger and topped with salted honey caramel! Perfect for holidays or to serve at the end of a dinner party!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Cooling Time: 6 hrs
Total Time 1 hr
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American, British, European
Servings 8 portions
Calories 376 kcal

Equipment

  • 18cm (7in) springform cake tin

Ingredients
 
 

  • 200 g gingernut biscuits
  • 60 g unsalted butter melted
  • 400 g cream cheese
  • 10 g plain flour
  • 100 g runny honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 100 ml creme fraiche
  • 3 balls of stem ginger chopped finely

For the Topping:

  • 100 ml creme fraiche
  • 75 g runny honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 20 ml double cream
  • sea salt flakes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 150 C Fan. Wrap the bottom of the tin with tin foil (see photos above).
  • Using a rolling pin crush the ginger nut biscuits into crumbs or, alternatively, process them in a food processor. Mix in the melted butter and press the mixture into the base of a 20cm springform tin. Place in the oven for 5 minutes and then leave to cool down.
  • Place cream cheese, flour, honey, vanilla paste and creme fraiche in a large bowl and beat until smooth (take your time here – it normally takes about 3 minutes using an electric hand-held mixer). Add the eggs, egg yolk and stem ginger and mix those in with a spatula. Don't use the electric mixer once the eggs are added. Pour the filling on top of the gingernut biscuit base. Then place the tin in a baking tray with high rims and pour approx. 2cm of boiling water in the baking tray to surround the cheesecake (the foil will protect the cheesecake from water seeping in).
  • Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes. Your cheesecake should be set around the edges, but still have a good wobble in the middle. Leave the cheesecake to cool in the switched-off oven for an hour, then open the door and leave it for another hour. Continue cooling at room temperature.
  • When your cheesecake has cooled to room temperature, spread the creme fraiche on top and transfer to a fridge for at least 3 hours to firm up.
  • In the meantime, make the salted honey topping. Place the honey,1 tbsp water and lemon juice in a small saucepan and heat on low-medium heat stirring continuously until the mixture is starting to boil. Then stop stirring, but instead swirl the pan until the mixture turns a slightly darker golden colour. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the double cream. Finally, stir in the salt and leave to cool down.
  • Take the cheesecake out of the fridge half an hour before serving. Run the knife around the inner edge of the tin to help release the cheesecake. Serve with the salted honey spooned over the top!

Notes

Based on Janine Ratcliffe’s Salted Honey Cheesecake

Nutrition

Calories: 376kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 378mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 584IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 1mg
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