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Rich and Creamy Cheesecake

Souce: Based on Orna and Ella's cheesecake recipe


Base - prebaked shortcrust pastry, well fitting thin layer of sponge cake or, if using a springform or disposable pan, mix 170g crushed biscuits mixed with 1/4 cup sugar and 100g melted butter. Tightly pack the bottom of the pan with the mixture.

750g drained lowfat cheese (or cream cheese)
180g sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 medium eggs

Topping:
400ml sour cream
2 Tbsp sugar
20g vanilla sugar

Preheat oven to 150C.
Mix the cheese and sugar until creamy and well combined. Add eggs one at a time and finally add the vanilla. Pour over base and bake for 40-45 minutes until ready. remove from oven and chill to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 200C. You may get cracks in the center when the cake cools. Not to worry, all will be fixed shortly.
Mix topping mixture and spread evenly over cake. Bake a further 10 minutes.
Remove cake from oven, chill and refrogerate overnight.

Optional Fruit: 200g frozen berries or cherries mixed with a 1/2 Tbsp sugar. Place these in the microwave for a few seconds at a time (mix in between heating sessions). Continue until sugar has melted. When cake batetr is poured, add fruit to the top of the cake. Using a spoon you can drizzle some of the remaining juice over the cake. Not only does it add flavor, it also looks very impressive when slicing!