Rachel’s white chocolate and blackcurrant compote cheesecake

I’ve been retired for almost a year and go to Q Gardens, a community garden in Rochdale, Manchester, on a weekly basis for the social aspect. It gives me purpose and an opportunity to meet people within my local community who I wouldn’t usually come across.

The diverse range of people with a common purpose is what keeps me coming back. I love cooking and particularly enjoy using seasonal fresh produce – you can’t get fresher than picking ingredients straight from the garden yourself.

40 minutes
6–8 people


  • For the blackberry compote:
  • 2 tbsp water 
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • 500g blackcurrants
  • 250g sugar
  • For the cheesecake:
  • 400g soft cheese
  • 300g white chocolate, melted
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 100g amaretti biscuits, crushed


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