A Very British Cheesecake Recipe

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This very British Cheesecake with its very berry Union Jack design is perfect for any jubilee party or Great British celebration!

A very British Cheesecake on a white plate for a jubilee party
Serves8 to 10
Preparation Time30 mins (plus 6 hours chilling)
Total Time30 mins (plus chilling)

If you're planning a Jubilee party or any UK-themed celebrations this very British cheesecake recipe with its eye-catching Union Jack design is an easy crowd-pleaser.

Whether served as a dinner party dessert, as the show-stopping final course when entertaining friends for lunch, or as a delicious picnic pud, this British cheesecake is a great go-to recipe.

For the perfect Union Jack design on the top of your cheesecake, use a ruler when you decorate it. This will keep your lines straight and will avoid the hassle of rearranging the berries.

If you really want to impress (and have time!), polish your blueberries with some kitchen roll - it will make the colour contrast much more pronounced for a picture-perfect pudding.

Ingredients

  • 250g (9oz) Hobnobs biscuits
  • 125g (4½oz) butter, melted
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 600g (1lb 5oz) full-fat Philadelphia
  • 100g (4oz) icing sugar
  • 284ml pot double cream

For the topping:

  • 350g (12oz) blueberries 
  • 350g (12oz) raspberries

You will also need:

  • 25.5cm (10in) cake tin with removable base, lightly oiled

Method

  1. For the cheesecake recipe base, whizz the biscuits with the melted butter until you have fine crumbs. Press into the base of the tin and chill.
  2. To make the filling, split the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds with the back of a knife, and add to a large mixing bowl with the cream cheese and icing sugar, and beat until smooth. 
  3. Whip the cream separately until you have soft peaks, then gently beat into the cream cheese mixture. 
  4. Spoon the mixture on to the biscuit base and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours, but overnight is better, if you have time.
  5. To decorate, run a knife gently around the edges of the cheesecake, remove from the tin and slide it off its base. Arrange the berries in the shape of the Union Jack and serve immediately, or keep in the fridge until needed.

For more fun ideas for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, see our round up of the best Jubilee decorations, take our Royal Family quiz or check out the cheapest Prosecco and champagne deals in the supermarkets to serve some fizz with your very British cheesecake!

Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.