Donna Hay baked cheesecake

21 Oct



I’m not one to blow my trumpet but this is probably the best cake I’ve ever made. Considering I am somewhat addicted to baking this is a big call. As always Donna Hay has produced a recipe that results in a gorgeous, melt-in-the-mouth baked cheesecake that is tart yet sweet at the same time. Not cloyingly sweet, just perfect sweet.

I’ve made this cake many times before and it has always turned out well. I made it yesterday as we had friends over last night who – without exception – raved about its delicate yet delicious taste.

According to my notes in Modern Classics Book 2, where this recipe can be found, I made this cake for Christmas Day 2011 AND New Year’s Eve the same year. That’s how good it is.

It is simpler to make than a traditional cheesecake as there is no faffing about with gelatine. I used supermarket ricotta, rather than the fresh stuff from delis, for this recipe.

Make it, serve to friends, then await the showers of compliments.



110g plain sweet biscuits, crushed

2/3 cup almond meal

60g melted butter


1 ½ tablespoons cornflour

1 ½ tablespoons water

330g cream cheese, softened

460g ricotta cheese

4 eggs

1 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

¼ cup lemon juice



Make the base by crushing biscuits in food processor, then add butter and almond meal and process until it looks like sand.

Grease and line a 20cm spring form tin then press in crumb mixture [use a glass to make it smooth] and place in fridge.

Preheat oven to 150C.

Mix cornflour and water to create a smooth paste.

Process cream cheese in food processor until smooth, then add cornflour mixture, ricotta, eggs, sugar, lemon rind and juice, and process until smooth.

Pour over biscuit base and bake for 70 minutes until set, then place in fridge until cold.



55 Responses to “Donna Hay baked cheesecake”

  1. lucy sweet at 3:57 am #

    Love all your simple recipes Belle!! I’m going to make each and every one of them some day!!! xxx

    • thehungrymum at 6:01 am #

      This is so easy to make as you could even do it over two days if you were pressed for time – do the base one evening, then make the filling & bung in oven next day. You’d love this Lucy x

  2. gottagetbaked at 3:58 am #

    That truly does look like the perfect cheesecake! Wish I had a slice right now.

    • thehungrymum at 6:03 am #

      I’ll flag down a carrier pigeon and send you the last slice x

      • gottagetbaked at 7:05 am #

        Amazing reply to my comment! I’ll look for that pigeon 😉

  3. Dione at 4:18 am #

    This was delicious!!! Loved it x

    • thehungrymum at 6:02 am #

      Thank you! A certain husband had it for breakfast and another slice after lunch. Only a sliver left x

  4. mydearbakes at 4:44 am #

    Awww, this looks so heavenly. yummy! =)

  5. Mmm its been so long since I’ve had cheesecake – one of my faves! Love that it uses the food processor, super easy 😀

    • thehungrymum at 6:00 am #

      This is just so simple but so *wow*! Real bang for buck x

  6. chocolatesuze at 8:18 am #

    mmm yum love a baked cheesecake!

    • thehungrymum at 9:05 am #

      You & me both! It is the *only* kind of cheesecake, in my opinion 🙂

  7. ThisBakerGirlBlogs at 8:32 am #

    Cheesecake is my absolutely fave dessert and this looks just lovely! 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 9:04 am #

      Good to hear! I’m a cheese junkie and am happy to work my fav ingredient into dessert 🙂

  8. rabbitcancook at 8:40 am #

    Hi Hungry mum, you always inspired me and I really love your blog and nominate you for Family of Bloggers award, please check

  9. kittenkirst at 8:54 am #

    Looks fab! I have favourited this to cook when Im back from holiday :0) YUM!

  10. Bam's Kitchen at 11:28 am #

    I am having a huge craving for something sweet and your photos have sent me over the edge. I have just now preheated my oven… ready for action. Take Care, bAM

    • The Hungry Mum at 9:19 pm #

      Hehehe! Sorry for inducing a sugar craving – what did you bake?

  11. Little Gumnut at 2:03 am #

    mmmmmm I adore cheesecake! Adding it to my recipe collection – scrumm! So good to meet you this morning Belinda! Loving that brick background too!! 🙂

  12. Mich - Piece of Cake at 4:07 am #

    Looks so creamy and delicious!

  13. ELlin at 6:19 am #

    Reblogged this on ellikitty.

  14. I don’t make a lot of cheesecake, but based on your write-up I’m ready to pull out my springform pan. I’m guessing that the bit of lemon zest is why this is tart but sweet at the same time. Sounds –and looks — amazing!

    • thehungrymum at 10:48 am #

      This is the *only* cheesecake recipe you’ll ever need – promise! It is zingy & creamy & lush. Make it, you won’t regret it 🙂

  15. Cass @foodmyfriend at 10:19 pm #

    I’m not a huge fan of eating cheesecakes but I do enjoy making them. There is something so rewarding when you pull a baked cheesecake out of the oven and it is set but not browned. Good work!

    • thehungrymum at 9:35 am #

      That’s like me & pavs. Can’t stand them [far too sweet] but I enjoy making them. And yes! That moment where the cheesecake transforms from a wobbly pale mess to a perfect dessert – sigh…

  16. Choc Chip Uru at 11:17 pm #

    Your cheesecake looks perfectly magnificent my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum at 8:22 am #

      That means so much, coming from the dessert queen herself!

  17. daisyandthefox at 1:12 pm #

    looks simply divine!! gotta love a cheesecake! 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 9:16 am #

      The trouble is, I just keep on eating & eating til it is all gone :O

  18. karollynsworld at 9:53 pm #

    mmmmm it looks jummy!!

  19. The Busy Beet at 9:43 pm #

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts and I’ve never made one!! This recipe has inspired me to give it a try! Can’t wait 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 10:31 pm #

      If you love cheesecake you will *adore* this one. It isn’t overly sweet but is it creamy & oh so addictive 🙂

  20. Alicia at 5:50 am #

    I made this yesterday and it was amazing! Just sweet enough and beautifully creamy. Thanks for sharing, it’s a winner 🙂

    • thehungrymum at 6:10 am #

      Oooh, am so excited you made it! Isn’t it the best? Thanks so much for the feedback 🙂

  21. Cecilia at 9:35 pm #

    I have the book, but am yet to try that one! Looks lovely, so will have a think about making it after I use up my pumpkin puree…

    • thehungrymum at 8:30 am #

      Try it! Maybe add some pumpkin puree in – perhaps a big swirl on top? I reckon the taste would be *amazing*.

  22. Kim 24/7 in France at 8:53 am #

    Looks delicious! Merci, too, for visiting my blog.

    • thehungrymum at 12:53 am #

      Merci! C’est de rein [forgive my schoolgirl French if this isn’t right!]

  23. phylliskirigin at 3:04 pm #


  24. Michael's Woodcraft at 9:28 pm #

    …MMM love cheesecake!! Looks delicious, I could eat a slice of that right now!

    • thehungrymum at 12:24 am #

      Cheers! I love baked cheesecake – the other kind, not so much. Thanks for the sweet words.

  25. Deblet at 6:11 am #

    Thanks for the visit,I love Donna Hays recipes and this one looks great

  26. vickidelbrouck at 4:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on vickidelbrouck and commented:
    Any of you who know me know I am a total cheesecake freak! Yum!!

  27. thefolia at 9:41 pm #

    I like it plain with the idea that the person enjoying it could layer it with whatever topping they desire. I just made a matcha custard i would sprinkle some onto this yummy cake as well.


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