Ginger Nut Cheesecake

Ginger Nut Cheesecake

Everyone – with the possible exception of the dairy intolerant – enjoys cheesecake in at least one of its forms. Baked or set, there is something truly indulgent about cheesecake and I count it among my very favourite desserts. Since the cheese aspect of this dessert is generally very mild and unobtrusive it can be a great vehicle for almost any flavour. This rendition, for instance, brings together two types of ginger in a recipe inspired by the ever popular ginger nut biscuit. I give you the Ginger Nut Cheesecake!

One problem often encountered in recipes like this is finding a way to convey the right flavour throughout the dessert. The finely minced stem ginger provides delicious and regular bursts of flavour, but it isn’t entirely consistent. However, a couple of tablespoons of stem ginger syrup – plenty of which should come with your balls of stem ginger – does the job admirably, instilling a subtle ginger flavour throughout the cheesecake.

Ginger Nut Cheesecake

To make the most of this dessert I recommend making your own ginger nuts. After all, it takes but an hour to produce a batch of these classic biscuits and the treacle they contain makes them far superior to the shop-bought variety. Don’t slack and you’ll enjoy the decadence of this dessert very much indeed.

Ginger Nut Cheesecake

Makes 1 20cm cheesecake


• 12 ginger nuts (200g)

• 50g salted butter

• 400g cream cheese

• 300ml crème fraîche

• 80g icing sugar

• 2 balls of stem ginger, finely minced

• 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup


1. Break 11 of your ginger nuts (180g) up into coarse crumbs using a food processor or rolling pin. Gently melt your butter in a saucepan, mix in the biscuit crumbs and press firmly into the base of a 20cm springform tin.

2. In a large bowl mix together the cream cheese, crème fraîche, icing sugar, stem ginger and ginger syrup. Pour this on top of the ginger nut base, level and pop in the fridge overnight to set.

3. Once set, gently remove the cheesecake from the tin and serve with a sprinkling of your remaining biscuit.

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Cost: Using relatively cheap cream cheese and crème fraîche won’t impact on the quality of this dessert, but it is best to go full fat. As such, this dessert can be made for no more than about £3.50.


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23 comments on “Ginger Nut Cheesecake

  1. cookinginsens
    November 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I like cheesecake sometimes and yours looks and sounds fantastic.

  2. swim-for-ever
    November 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    oh my word! that cheesecake looks totally AWESOME, I love anything “ginger”

  3. Juraa
    November 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I have been looking for a good cheesecake recipe. I like the sound of this one especially with the ginger biscuits but I’ve never seen the candies stem ginger here in hanoi. Do you have any ideas for an alternative?

    • frugalfeeding
      November 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Do you have a similar thing but with galangal? You could try making candied root ginger?!

  4. cecilia
    November 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    no slacking, i will start with the gingernuts.. I love them, but I hate fresh ginger, but ginger syrup sounds interesting.. we all love cheesecake too!! c

    • frugalfeeding
      November 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      I’m sure you’ll like this – I know it 😉

  5. lovinghomemade
    November 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Seems a shame to smash up your lovely gingernuts but it sounds absolutely delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Haha – I can always make more, they are very quick and easy.

  6. Chica Andaluza
    November 21, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Oh wow – this is a cheesecake for grown ups….love it!

  7. Stephanie
    November 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts! Those crumbs are so enticing. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Mine too – the crunchy crumbs on top work wonders in this recipe.

  8. Jude
    November 22, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This recipe looks absolutely divine. Oh lord I can see the scales groaning at the thought. I’ll just tell them to blame Frugal Feeding! My hubby isn’t in to desserts so I’ll have to eat the whole thing. Made the gingersnaps yesterday and they are just the best. Perfectly crunchy any gingery. I recently made my own ginger syrup, so it’ll be lovely for this cheesecake recipe. Many thanks for all your super recipes.

    • frugalfeeding
      November 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Thank you! It’s actually relatively light for a cheesecake. Glad you liked the ginger nuts/snaps!

  9. huntfortheverybest
    November 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    it looks delish!

  10. Willow @ Will Cook For Friends
    December 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Oh, I do love cheesecake! I also adore ginger cookies (and all things gingery), so you have pretty much combined two of my favorite things. This cake would not be safe in my house!

    • frugalfeeding
      December 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Great to see you here, Willow :D. Glad you like my cheesecake!

  11. Charlotte Wilson
    December 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    The top to base ratio is almost double how it looks in the picture. I added an extra ball of ginger, as the cheesey topping was a bit bland; this is perhaps why it hasn’t set yet (after 13 hours). Will try it again, but changing the proportions. (Sadly I didn’t make my own gingernuts, since I don’t currently have an oven!)

    • frugalfeeding
      December 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Sorry you’ve had issues with the recipe! Are you sure you used the right sized tin? The recipe is exactly as I made it and the flavour was intensely ginger, it set beautifully and was the proportions as you can see them. I’m not sure what could have gone wrong!

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