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Vanilla and Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe

Here’s a lovely vanilla and gingerbread cheesecake recipe from The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, near Burford. Serve with fresh raspberries, raspberry sorbet and a sprig of lavender.


For the gingerbread:
  • 125g strong rye flour
  • 125g plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 125ml whole milk
  • 250g honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon, grated zest only
  • 1 orange, grated zest only
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped
For the stock syrup:
  • 1 thick slice of lemon
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 15g glucose
For the raspberry sorbet:
  • 500g raspberries
  • 2 tblsp caster sugar
  • ¼ tsp liquid glucose
  • ½ lemon, juice only
For the cheesecake:
  • 250g full-fat soft cheese
  • 250ml double cream
  • 125g crème fraîche
  • 125g caster sugar
  • Seeds scraped from 1 split vanilla pod


The gingerbread:

  1. Oven at 160C, butter and line a gastronome, sift all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, then mix the milk, honey, eggs and sugar in another bowl with the zests and vanilla seeds.
  2. Then add to the dry ingredients and mix well until evenly combined. Spoon the mixture into the gastro tray.
  3. Bake until a fork into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the tray for about 30 minutes, then remove and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  4. Grind the gingerbread to fine crumbs

The stock syrup:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a pan and heat gently, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil and boil for five minutes, cool.
  2. Remove the lemon slice, then pass the syrup through a fine sieve. Chill

The raspberry sorbet:

  1. Put the raspberries, caster sugar and two tablespoons of water in a pan and cook over a low heat until the raspberries soften.
  2. Pass through a fine sieve. Cover and chill in the fridge.
  3. Keep 100ml of raspberry purée aside in the fridge for garnish.
  4. Combine the remaining purée with 250ml of the chilled stock syrup, the liquid glucose and lemon juice and churn.

The cheesecake:

  1. Stand eight metal rings on a non-stick mat. Combine the soft cheese, cream, crème fraîche, sugar and vanilla seeds in a large bowl. Whisk together until thick, then put the mixture in a plastic piping bag and pipe into the rings.
  2. Make sure there are no air pockets and pipe right up to the top, then smooth the tops with the back of a flat knife, set until firm.

About this recipe

The Swan Inn Swinbrook Oxfordshire Restaurant and Pub with Rooms

This Vanilla and Gingerbread Cheesecake Recipe is courtesy of The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire


The Swan Inn
Swinbrook near Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4DY

01993 823 339 | whitehart-fyfield.com

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