Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + Ginger

Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + GingerCan we talk about cheesecake for a moment? Cool. Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable, this may take a while.

Let’s talk dense, dry cheesecakes. Lingering in our cafés. Lurking beneath cake box lids. Taunting us with a seemingly inviting berry glaze until we discover that chalky mess upon our first bite. Such a shame. A dairy-riddled tragedy. Ordering cheesecake when I’m eating out is a risk I’m just not willing to take these days, it’s an extreme sport of the yuppie variety.

This cake was actually inspired by that girl who cries all the time on MasterChef. She made a messy, lemon cheesecake last week and although I try to sympathise with the pressures of cooking with a plethora of cameras in your face I couldn’t help but feel a little taken back. As soon as the episode finished I promptly began working on this silky wonder to right the wrongs of that young beanie-head. I’m a cheesecake snob, a real jerk I’ll admit, so if I’m into this recipe then I’m sure you’ll be too!

Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + Ginger

While I’m at it let’s get a dialogue happening regarding ginger because it’s so disappointing when awesome spices have such exhausted connotations. In my day-to-day life ground ginger only makes a brief appearance in hot cross buns at Easter, when not being overpowered by it’s far more popular cousin cinnamon, and on occasion gingerbread makes a vague appearance down here in sunny Australia. Like salt to chocolate, ginger to mango is really special. It makes me all warm and fuzzy.

The base of this cheesecake is wonderfully spiced and the cheese filling bakes to the texture of a firm custard. Add a little more chocolate on top, and… ahh. Hello, lover. I’ve used a combination of biscuits readily available in Australian supermarkets but of course you can use whatever you please so long as they’re crunchy. If you’re reading this out-of-peak mango season then using the tinned stuff is fine as well, the flavour will be a little more subutle.

Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + Ginger

On another related note, I’ve been spending my free time (or what little of it I have left these days) interning at a really cool magazine here in Sydney taking snaps in cafés and learning heaps along the way from some incredibly talented people. For these shots I mustered everything I had learnt over the week and tried to apply them here; natural lighting, tripod skills and remaining calm. I threw open my blinds and took many deep breaths. Coincidentally they required the least amount of editing of any set of photos I’ve taken. I’m fairly pleased with the results but as always do tell me what you think! This will serve 10-12 people.

Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + Ginger
(an original recipe)

125g ginger nut biscuits
125g chocolate ripple biscuits
70g butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
Flesh of 1 large mango (around 200g)
250g cream cheese
250g mascarpone
100g sour cream
120g caster sugar
40g brown sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
40g cream
1 tsp glucose / corn syrup
Cocoa, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 150°C and grease/line a 9 or 10 inch spring form pan.
2. Prepare biscuits in a food processor until ground. Add 1 tsp of ground ginger and stir in melted butter. Press into base of springform pan until flat and firm. Chill in refrigterator.
3. Prepare mango flesh in food processor until beginning to puree. Add cream cheese, mascarpone, sour cream, caster sugar and brown sugar and process until combined. Add the eggs and egg yolk and once again process until combined. Remove base from fridge and pour filling into springform pan. Bake in oven for 1 1/2 hours. The edges should be fairly firm with a bit of wobble towards the centre. Remove cheesecake from pan once cooled and place in the fridge to chill completely.
4. In a small saucepan (or microwave) warm cream until almost boiling. Pour over the chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and stir until mostly melted and combined. Add 1/2 tsp of ground ginger and glucose and again stir to combine. Remove cheesecake from fridge and place on serving platter. Drizzle chocolate sauce over the top, Pollock style. Sprinkle a little cocoa and serve.

NOTE: You can also bake these as cupcakes if you like, I’d suggest baking them for around 25 minutes.

Mango Cheesecake with Chocolate + Ginger

Let’s dedicate this post to all the lost causes out there. Bad cheesecakes, my heart weeps for you. My heart weeps for this too but in a different way. It’s so naughty yet I feel no remorse. None, whatsoever.

 

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  1. The Café Sucré Farine’s avatar

    I think your photos are gorgeous! Love the lighting. And your cheesecake looks to-die-for! Wonderful, spectacular!

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  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    I have to agree with you – that girl does cry so much on masterchef. I’ve actually lost interest. Funnily enough I also made a cheesecake over the weekend! haha Yours (HANDS DOWN!) looks so much more better and the flavour combination sounds perfect. And I do hate having to see a cheesecake when it’s been sitting in that poor window for god knows how long. We all know it’s just asking for a bad ending…..

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  3. myfudo’s avatar

    Wow! Lovely! I have been a victim of coffeshops’ cheesecake slices that promise really luscious and smooth insides and then you can’t even finish a bite or two because it is not simply what you have in mind. Goodbye 5$…
    I would love to try your recipe this weekend. Yum!

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  4. JasmyneTea’s avatar

    I REFUSE to eat cheesecake unless it’s homemade, and yours looks so luscious and silky it’d be a crime not to try making it!

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  5. Spencer’s avatar

    Looks delicious! I wouldn’t mind trying some. I reckon it would taste awesome.

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  6. love2dine’s avatar

    What gorgeous pics you took of the food. Looks insanely delicious!

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  7. Rosa’s avatar

    A delightful cheesecake! What a wonderful choice of flavors. I love ginger.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. Vivian - vxdollface’s avatar

    Wow that looks amazing! What a great pairing of flavours it’s like summer with the mango and autumn/winter with the comforting warmth of the choc & ginger :)

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  9. Hotly Spiced’s avatar

    Mango and ginger go so well together but I’ve never thought of putting them in a cheesecake! Love the base. It must be so full of flavour. Those used to be my most favourite biscuits when I was growing up. Great looking cheesecake and yes, so much better than what’s usually on offer in cafes xx

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  10. Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen’s avatar

    Although i’m not a fan of ginger, I’m on his cousin’s side, cinnamon but I do like the idea of mango cheesecake. I too am a jerk when it comes to specificity of cheesecakes. They’re either a tall tower of scaled dryness or goody goody heaven.

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  11. Carolyn Jung’s avatar

    Mango, chocolate and ginger — what a trifecta of ingredients. Beautiful cheesecake that would add more oomph to any occasion. ;)

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  12. beti’s avatar

    I’ve only made classic cheesecake, this one looks amazing and I love the combination of mango and ginger

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  13. Joanne’s avatar

    I’m pretty much in love with this. Ginger, mango and cheesecake. All in one place.

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  14. Simply life’s avatar

    wow! I have never seen a cheesecake with these flavors! looks amazing!

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  15. Jessica’s avatar

    yummmm! i think giselle’s least favourite food in the world is ginger so she’s kind of turned me off it, but i think i’d definitely enjoy it in a cheesecake! and your photos are amazing, as always.

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  16. Anne@FromMySweetHeart’s avatar

    Oh Alana! I could sit and talk cheesecake all day long with you! This is definitely sweet redemption for all of those other dry, cracked, pitiful cheesecakes out there! And your photography is just STUNNING! : )

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  17. Barb @ Profiteroles & Ponytails’s avatar

    Wow, great photos…..nicely done! I love the unique flavour combination in this cheesecake. I haven’t made a cheesecake in ages, but your pictures make me want to head to the kitchen to try this out. Lovely.

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