- Olive or sunflower oil
- 24 digestive biscuits
- 125g butter
- 100g dark chocolate
- 6 cardamom pods
- 1 orange, zest and juice
- 4 eggs
- 150g caster sugar
- 500g ricotta
- 250g mascarpone
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 50g dried cranberries
*If you can, bake the cheesecake the night before but don’t take it out of the oven. Just turn it off and let the cheesecake cool in the oven overnight. The slow cooling helps the cheesecake stay in one piece. Alternatively, cool the cheesecake and store it in your fridge.
1. Heat your oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Lightly grease a 23 cm loose-bottomed cake tin with olive or sunflower oil. Pop 24 digestive biscuits in a freezer or sandwich bag. Seal it. Bash them with a rolling pin to make crumbs.
2. Roughly chop half the chocolate. Melt the butter in a pan over a low heat. Stir the biscuit crumbs into the melted butter. When they're well mixed, stir in the chopped chocolate. Spoon into the cake tin. Press down and smooth with the back of a spoon. Bake for 10 mins.
3. Pop the cardamom pods in a pestle and mortar. Crack them open. Separate out the black seeds. Grind the seeds to a fine powder. Finely grate or pare the zest from the orange. Juice it.
4. Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Add most of the sugar, putting 1 tbsp to one side. Whisk together for 2-3 mins till the eggs are pale and thick. Add the cardamom, orange zest, ricotta, mascarpone and flour. Whisk together till smooth (don't overbeat).
5. Spoon the cheese mixture into the baking tin. Turn the oven down to 160°C/Gas 3 (low and slow is the rule for cheesecakes). Bake for around 55 mins till the cheesecake is just set with a slight wobble in the middle. Cool in the tin*.
6. When you’re ready to serve, loosen the cake tin. Lift the cheesecake up and out. Pop on a serving plate. Melt the rest of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.
7. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cheesecake. Tip the dried cranberries in a pan with the orange juice and the spoonful of sugar you saved earlier. Warm over a lowish heat till the sugar dissolves. Spoon over the cheesecake and serve.