Mouthwatering baked honey cheesecake

Jan 19, 2024
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This mouthwateringly good dessert treat is absolutely perfect for when you need to impress your guests with something that looks and tastes completely gourmet. And with just a handful of ingredients, even novice cooks will be able to master this dish.

This deliciously creamy centre is made even better with the buttery, crumbly base and thanks to the honey-flavour it’s also a unique take on the classic baked cheesecake. Serve it up with some ice cream and you’re good to go!


  • 50g pitted medjool dates
  • 180g (2 cups) rolled oats
  • 40g (1/4 cup) sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50g (2/3 cup) shredded coconut
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 2 x 250g pkts light cream cheese, cubed
  • 250g crème fraîche
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 105g (3 1/2 tablespoons) honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 60g (1/4 cup) lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease a deep, round 22cm (base measurement) springform cake pan. Line base with baking paper.
  2. Place dates in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Scrape down sides with a spatula.
  3. Add the oats, sunflower seeds and cinnamon and process until finely chopped and combined. Add coconut and melted butter and process until combined.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and press firmly into base and side (approx. 3cm up the sides). Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven. Set aside to cool. Reduce oven to 170C/150C fan forced. Clean and dry food processor.
  5. Place cream cheese, crème fraiche, vanilla and honey in the food processor and process until just combined. Scrape down sides with a spatula.
  6. Add eggs and lemon juice. Process until just combined and smooth. Pause to scrape down sides with spatula, if needed.
  7. Pour the mixture over the crust. Bake for 55 minutes or until almost set (cheesecake should still have a slight wobble in the centre). Turn off oven and leave to cool in oven with door slightly ajar (approx. 3 hours).
  8. Carefully remove cheesecake from pan. Place in the fridge to chill completely, preferably overnight, before serving.
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