Baked milk-tart cheesecake

In this heavenly cake, the taste of two classics – milk tart and cheesecake – are combined. "The comforting aroma of milk and cinnamon and the decadence of the cheesecake are irresistible," says Arina du Plessis, author of Plaaskos, which features fuss-free recipes from the Landbouweekblad editor.

Serves: 12 to 14 slices


60 g soft butter, for greasing
100ml cake flour, to line the tin
250g soft butter
375ml icing sugar
3 x 230g containers of unflavoured cream cheese
125ml buttermilk
10ml vanilla essence
3ml almond essence
6 separated eggs
30ml cake flour
To sprinkle: powdered cinnamon


Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Grease the bottom and sides of a 24cm-diameter springform cake tin with 60g soft butter. Sprinkle 100ml flour into the tin, shaking gently in order to cover the base and sides evenly. Shake the excess flour out of the tin.

Cream the 250g butter and icing sugar. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth. Add the buttermilk, vanilla essence, almond essence, egg yolks and cake flour, and beat until well mixed.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the cream-cheese mixture.

Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 20 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C and bake for a further 50 to 60 minutes, or until the cake is just firm.

Open the oven door and let the cake cool for at least 30 minutes inside the oven before removing it.

If you’re not eating it straight away, allow it to reach room temperature before putting it in the fridge. Serve at room temperature, with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

PlaaskosExtracted with kind permission from Plaaskos by Arina du Plessis, published by Human & Rousseau.


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