Cheddar Shortbread Cheesecake
Cheddar Shortbread Cheesecake
Savor this quick and easy cake recipe by Anna Olson from Bake with Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Baking
  • Preparation Time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield 10 servings
  • Cheddar Shortbread crust:
  • 1¾ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Black pepper
  • ½ cup cold unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
  • 227 grams grated old or extra old Cheddar cheese
  • Cheesecake:
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh Thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • One 250 grams pkg Cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large Egg yolk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 170 grams grated old or extra old Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian Parsley
  1. Using a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar and pepper to combine, then add the butter and pulse in until no large pieces of butter are visible. Add the grated cheddar and blend until the dough comes together in a ball
  2. Immediately turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a circle just under 1/2inch thick. Line a lightly floured 9-inch (23 cm) removable-bottom fluted tart pan and press in, trimming the edges. Chill this until firm, about 2 hours
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Dock the shortbread with a fork and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool the shell before filling. Leave the oven at 350°F (180°C)
  4. For the filling, melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and add the onions and thyme. Sauté then onions until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic and stir until the liquid has evaporated. Season lightly and remove the pan from the heat
  5. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese by hand to soften. Add the egg yolk and beat in and then beat in the whole egg. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and parsley and then stir in the caramelized onions. Scrape this into the cooled crust and bake for 35-40 minutes until the outside edge of the cheesecake just begins to soufflé a touch. Allow the cheesecake to sit for 10 minutes before slicing
  6. The cheesecake can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature, and is lovely served with a side salad

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