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RECIPE | Peppermint crisp cheesecake

This winning dessert can be baked in an Instant Pot or in the oven

29 September 2019 - 00:06 By Hein van Tonder
Peppermint crisp cheesecake.
Peppermint crisp cheesecake.
Image: Hein van Tonder/Heinstirred.com

Makes: 1 cake


200g Tennis biscuits

70g butter, melted


250g full-fat cream cheese (at room temperature)

250g ricotta (at room temperature)

90g demerara sugar (or castor sugar)

2 eggs (plus 1 egg yolk)

20ml (4 tsp) corn flour

15ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice

5ml (1 tsp) vanilla extract

2.5ml (½ tsp) salt

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon


1 x 385g can Caramel Treat

125ml (½ cup) creme fraiche

10ml (2 tsp) lemon juice

1 pinch of salt

1 large slab of Peppermint Crisp, crushed into small pieces


  1. Grease an 18cm loose-bottomed cake tin and line with baking paper. Wrap the outside of the tin with foil to ensure it is watertight.
  2. For the base, place the biscuits in a processor and blitz until fine. Add the melted butter and pulse to combine. Tip the biscuit mixture into the tin and press firmly over the base using the bottom of a glass to spread the base evenly. Place in the freezer while making the filling.
  3. Place all the filling ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Pour the filling into the biscuit-lined tin.
  5. Pour 250ml (1 cup) water into the Instant Pot. Place the trivet on the base and lower the cake tin carefully onto the trivet. Close the lid and select the Pressure Cook programme on high pressure and set the timer for 30 minutes.
  6. Once the cooking time is up, use the natural pressure release method for 10 minutes and then turn the Steam Release handle towards you to release any remaining steam. The cheesecake should have a slight wobble in the middle.
  7. Lift the cheesecake out and place on a wire rack. Cool to room temperature then place in the fridge for several hours to set.
  8. For the topping, place the Caramel Treat, creme fraiche, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and beat until smooth and thick. Gently spoon on top of the cheesecake and spread to cover the top. Sprinkle with the crushed Peppermint Crisp and serve with any leftover caramel mixture.


For the same delectably soft texture, bake the cheesecake in a water bath in foil-wrapped cake tin:

  • Wrap the base of a loose-bottomed cake tin with enough foil so you can fold the foil back up the side of the tin. Then wrap the outside of the pan with 2 layers of foil. This stops water seeping into the tin.
  • Proceed with the recipe.
  • Stand the cake tin in a pan with warm water coming three-quarters of the way up the side of the cake tin. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 160°C.
  • Remove from oven and water bath and allow to cool before removing from the pan.
  • Finish as directed. - Hilary Biller

• Instant pot cheesecake recipe from heinstirred.com