Baklava Cheesecake

Baklava cheesecake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 60g (1/3 cup) blanched almonds, toasted
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 55g (1/3 cup) dry-roasted hazelnuts
  • 40g (1/4 cup) walnut crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 x 250g pkts cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 300g ctn sour cream
  • 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 10 sheets phyllo pastry
  • 110g butter

Melted honey syrup

  • 100g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) water
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Bake almonds on a baking tray for 5-8 minutes or until toasted.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the honey syrup, stir the sugar, water, honey and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer. Cook, without stirring, for 15 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly. Discard cinnamon. Set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 160°C. Release the base from a 22cm (base measurement) springform pan and invert. Brush with melted butter. Line the base with non-stick baking paper, allowing the edge to overhang. Secure the base back into the pan.
  4. Process the almonds and hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the walnut and cinnamon. Add 60ml (1/4 cup) honey syrup to the nut mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Process cream cheese, sour cream and sugar in the clean bowl of a food processor until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, and process until combined.
  6. Place filo on a clean work surface. Cover with a dry tea towel, then a damp tea towel. Brush 1 filo sheet with some melted butter. Fold in half crossways. Place in the pan, allowing it to overhang slightly. Repeat with the remaining filo and melted butter, turning and overlapping each sheet slightly to line the pan completely (see related article).
  7. Pour half the cream cheese mixture over filo. Top with half the nut mixture. Repeat with the remaining cream cheese mixture and nut mixture (see related article). Fold the overhanging filo over the filling to partially enclose (see related article). Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until just set in centre. Turn oven off. Leave cheesecake in oven, with door slightly ajar, until cooled completely. Place in the fridge for 6 hours to chill. Drizzle over remaining syrup to serve.
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