This is a work in progress … I found recipes for a savoury stilton and bacon cheesecake, and also for something like an upside-down cake with toffee apples in the base, cheesecake on top, then up-end it to serve, no biscuit or cake base. I'm doing a mix and match with a cheesecake recipe I know works, and we'll see what happens.
What I'm doing is:
- 4 rashers Waitrose maple cured bacon
- 3 tart apples, Granny Smiths, peeled and cored
- 2 oz butter
- 2 tblsps brown sugar
- 2 tblsps maple syrup
- 250 gms digestives
- 4 oz butter, melted
- 12 oz cream cheese – the real stuff if you can get it, otherwise use Philly
- 6 oz caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tblsp calvados
Finely snip the bacon and dry fry the bits until really really crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and leave to cool.
In a big heavy pan, chop the apples in about half inch cubes and cook in the butter, sugar and syrup until dark golden and slightly soft, and the sauce has pretty much evaporated. Cool a bit, but not too long, I suspect it would set solid.
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4.
Make a digestive biscuit base for a 9 – 10" springform pan, by crushing the digestive biscuits and mixing with the melted butter. Press firmly into the pan.
Top with the toffee apple mixture, and sprinkle on the bacon.
Process the cream cheese, add caster sugar, eggs, and calvados and process till smooth. It's very wet.
Pour over the apples, and bake for about half an hour until set and not wobbling too much in the middle. It'll set more as it cools.
Out of the oven and looking good. I'm still debating a topping …