- 400 gram cream cheese on room temperature
- 250 gram soft goat cheese on room temperature
- 4 eggs
- 6 ripe pears
- 100 gram powdered sugar
- 120 gram flour
- 1/2 lemon (zest + juice) + 1 tablespoon extra juice
- small handful of fresh sage
- 100 gram dairy butter + extra
- 75 gram dry cookies (such as Dutch Maria cookies)
Kitchen equipment needed
- spring form (26 m – 10 inch)
- silicone kitchen brush
- cutting board & chef’s knife
- 2 medium-sized bowls
- ziplock bag and rolling-pin or use a food processor to crumble the cookies
- small saucepan
- fine sieve
Preparation — 30 minutes
MELT the butter in the small saucepan. CRUMBLE the cookies, you can use a food processor or PLACE them in a ziplock bag and smash them with a rolling-pin. COAT the spring form with butter. COMBINE the melted butter and cookie crumbs and DIVIDE them over the bottom of the spring form. Make sure they’re equally divided and press them downwards with your hands. REFRIGERATE while you start with the cheese filling.
PEEL 4 of the pears and remove the core. You can create the pear puree by pressing it through a sieve with a ladle. You can also use a blender for the puree, that’s up to you.
ADD the cream cheese, goat’s cheese, zest and juice of half a lime, 4 eggs and the pear puree into the bowl of your mixer. MIX until you’ve reached a smooth mixture, but don’t mix too long. ADD the powdered sugar and flour. Finely CHOP the sage leaves and stir them into the smooth mixture.
PRE-HEAT the oven to 150 degrees Celsius or 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Finishing the pear and sage cheesecake — 1 hour
POUR the cheese filling onto the cookie bottom and BAKE in the oven for about 45 minutes, depending on your oven. Never open the door too quickly, otherwise the cheesecake will collapse. You can check if it’s done, by moving it, if it’s wobbly in the middle it needs a bit longer. Open the door just very slightly and let the cheesecake sit in the turned off oven for 10 minutes. TRANSFER to a cooling rack and let it cool off completely.
PEEL the leftover 3 pears, remove the core and chop into slices. GARNISH the cheesecake and use a kitchen brush to divide a bit of lemon juice over the pears to prevent them from discoloring. Enjoy!