The Great South African Bake Off

Baked cheesecake with Maltabella base

Signature recipe by Alice from The Great South African Bake Off


The Great South African Bake Off - Past series

BBC Lifestyle


Coconut biscuits:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • 35g desiccated coconut
  • 90g butter, melted
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • ¼tsp vanilla extract
  • ½tsp almond extract

Maltabella biscuit base:

  • 100g coconut biscuits, crushed
  • 100g Maltabella porridge, original
  • 25g shredded coconut (medium)
  • 2tbsp brown sugar
  • 80-120ml butter, melted

Filling and topping:

  • 4 eggs, jumbo
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tubs (250g each) smooth full fat cottage cheese
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • 1tbsp vanilla essence
  • 250ml sour cream/crème fraîche
  • 3tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 squeeze vanilla paste
  • 1 punnet fresh blackberries

Preparation method

Coconut biscuits:

  1. Sift flour, sugar and coconut.
  2. Mix in melted butter, and then egg yolk, until firm dough forms.
  3. Roll teaspoons of the dough and flatten.
  4. Bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes, until crispy and golden.

Maltabella biscuit base:

  1. Grease one large springform cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Melt the butter, and add as much as is needed to bring base together.
  4. Crush coconut biscuits, add base ingredients and press into cake tin.

Filling and topping:

  1. Whisk eggs and sugar until light and creamy.
  2. Add lemon juice, while beating continuously.
  3. Add cottage cheese, cream, flour and vanilla. Mix.
  4. Pour mixture into tin.
  5. Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes.
  6. Lower the temperature to 140°C, and bake for about a further 1 hour. The centre must be firm but still slightly soft.
  7. Switch oven off, and leave the cheesecake inside the oven to cool and set.
  8. Remove cake when cool, and place on serving dish.
  9. Mix all ingredients for topping (except berries) and pour over cake.
  10. Decorate top with berries.

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