Fig and Orange Cheesecake

Fig Cheesecake Recipe

A blank canvas for a wealth of flavours, cheesecake is a dessert that can be infinitely experimented with. Fig and Orange Cheesecake sounds as though it should already be a stone cold classic, but it’s not a recipe I’ve come across before. Rest assured, it’ll be a regular feature in our home from here on in.

While I bear no animosity towards more common cheesecake flavours – blackberry, strawberry and cherry – it is the more interesting varieties that hold my attention. It is a pudding that lends itself well to impulsive acts of culinary creativity. Don’t let yourself be held back.

Recipe for Fig and Orange Cheesecake

Featured here last year, my recipe for dried figs in honey provided the background inspiration for the fig and orange cheesecake recipe you’ll find below. The silkiness of creamy cheese, contrasted with the firmer texture of gently cooked dried figs makes for a compelling combination.

Supplement the combination with the obligatory buttery biscuit base and there’s not a lot that I’d rather eat. Dessert doesn’t get better than this.

Fig and Orange Cheesecake

Makes one 23cm cheesecake

Ingredients:

for the base:

  • 150g digestive biscuits
  • 85g butter
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar

for the figs:

  • 250g dried figs, quartered
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • 2 tbsp honey

for the filling:

  • 600g full fat cream cheese
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 150ml soured cream

Method:

  1. Bash the biscuits until they resemble fine crumbs. Melt the butter in a saucepan and combine with the biscuit and sugar.
  2. Grease a 23cm springform pan, lining its base with greaseproof paper. Press the biscuit mixture firmly into the pan and pop in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C(fan).
  3. In a saucepan heat together 200g of the figs, ¾ of the orange juice and 1 tbsp of honey. Cook for 2 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed and the figs are soft. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese and sugar until thoroughly combined.
  5. Using an electric mixture, incorporate the eggs one at a time, followed by the flour, zest and sour cream. The mixture should be light and creamy.
  6. Tip the prepared figs on to the top of the biscuit base, but not quite to the edges. Cover with the cheesecake filling, level and place in the oven.
  7. After 10 minutes reduce the temperature of the oven to 110C/90C(fan) and cook for a further 25 minutes. The cheesecake should have a slight wobble at its centre.
  8. Cool the cheesecake in the oven before covering and transferring to the fridge overnight. It may crack a little during the cooling process.
  9. Cook down the remaining figs with the leftover orange juice and 1 tbsp of honey. Spoon over the cheesecake and enjoy.

Fig and Orange Cheesecake Recipe Recipe for Fig Cheesecake

Cost: Using an inexpensive cheese like cream cheese means that keeping the cost of this cheesecake down wasn’t a difficult feat to achieve.  Even dried figs can be bought cheaply; the amount used in the cheesecake cost little over £1.

All ingredients accounted for, you should be able to reproduce the Fig and Orange Cheesecake for as little as £4.80. Not bad for a luxury pudding, big enough for 10; 48p a slice!

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18 comments on “Fig and Orange Cheesecake

  1. Kate
    February 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    would never have thought to put orange and fig together but it sounds like such a great flavour combination! lovely photos, too

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      They work brilliantly together actually. Glad you like my images 🙂

  2. cookinginsens
    February 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    I like the “full fat cream cheese”. I think a want a bite 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      It has to be full fat, or you’ll end up with slop! I have experimented before.

  3. laurenkahan
    February 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    My mouth is watering… I’ve never seen a fig/orange combination, but it sounds delicious! And on top of a creamy cheesecake?!! YUM!

  4. Chica Andaluza
    February 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I love the look and sound of this – decadent yet packed full of things that are good for us!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Indeed – I didn’t feel too bad about scoffing it all…

  5. DellaCucinaPovera
    February 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Oh cheesecake, I love you so much!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Tell me about it – I can’t get enough…

  6. Kirsten
    February 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    This looks amazing!

  7. midihideaways
    February 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I’ll try this with the seville oranges I have just picked!!

  8. Veronica Sheppard
    February 12, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What a unique combination for cheesecake! Bookmarked.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Yes, but it worked very well. I hope you give it a go :).

  9. deliciouscityliving
    February 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Cheesecake is my absolute favorite dessert and I love how you incorporated different flavors of orange and fig with it. I definitely want to try making this!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you – it felt like I needed to try a new cheesecake recipe.

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