This cheesecake uses both cream cheese and mascarpone for an extra rich, creamy, and smooth texture. It is spiced with cinnamon and a gingersnap crust and topped with brûléed figs. This is sure to be a stunner at your next dinner 🙂
Tips & Tricks
These are my top tips for a smooth cheesecake:
- Room temperature ingredients: The cream cheese, mascarpone, and eggs need to be at room temperature when you use them. This ensures that they mix together more evenly and smoothly without risking over-mixing. Leave them out on the countertop for a few hours in order to get them to room temperature. If you do not have time for this, you can put the wrapped cheeses and eggs in a large bowl of warm water. Switch out the water every 10 minutes until room temperature.
- Do not over-mix your batter: You will have your mixer on low speed and the goal is to incorporate the egg mixture until JUST combined. Mixing too much (or at too high of speed) introduces air pockets into the batter which will then create bubbles on the top while baking.
- Cornstarch: Cornstarch (or flour) helps prevent against cracking. It also makes the cheesecake a little bit more firm so it is easy for slicing. Some say they prefer cheesecake that relies on eggs only but I personally prefer this extra assurance. It doesn’t impact the flavor! More info here.
- Do not open the oven while it is baking: Cheesecakes do not like drastic changes in temperatures. This causes cracks.
- Leave the cheesecake in the oven for 1 hour after baking: When the cheesecake is done baking, turn the oven off and crack the oven door. This allows the cheesecake to cool more gradually (again, preventing cracking).
- Make sure it is fully chilled before slicing: The hardest part of making cheesecake is waiting for it to finish chilling! As it chills, the edges will pull-away from the springform pan. It will also harden a bit which will make it easier to slice. As temping as it is, don’t skip this step! It is best to make cheesecake the night before you plan on serving it.
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Cinnamon Mascarpone Cheesecake with Brûléed Figs
- 2 cups finely ground gingersnap cookies
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, full-fat (room temperature)
- 2 (8-oz) containers of mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
- 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 4 large eggs (room temperature)
- Fresh figs, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
For the crust:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Whisk together the gingersnap crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
- Spray a 9-in springform pan with nonstick spray. Transfer crumb mixture to springform pan and use your fingers or measuring cup to press mixture firmly into the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool and then wrap bottom of the pan with 3-4 layers of aluminium foil. Make sure the foil goes up about 2-3 inches of the side to prevent water from leaking in.
For the filling
- Using your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, slowly beat the cream cheese and mascarponse until smooth and combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Beat for 1 minute, scrape down the sides, and then allow to rest.
- Start boiling about 5-6 cups of water.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla bean paste.
- Turn the mixer back on to a low speed and slowly pour in the egg mixture in 3 batches. Wait until just barely combined before added the next pour.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared springform pan with the baked crust. Gently drop the pan on a countertop to release any air bubbles that may have formed. Place pan into a large roasting pan. Add boiling water to the roasting pan until the water reaches about half way up the side of the springform pan.
- Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until the edges are set and the center is still wiggly. Do NOT overbake. The center should still move when you shake the pan. Turn off the oven and crack the door. Allow to rest for 1 hour, then remove from oven and carefully lift the springform pan out of the water, discard the aluminum foil. Transfer cheesecake (still in the springform pan) to a wire rack on the countertop to cool for 2 hours. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator to chill for 5-8 hours.
- Remove cheesecake from the refrigerator and run a sharp knife around the sides. Carefully remove the collar from the springform pan. You can keep the cheesecake on the base on the springform pan for serving.
- Pour the turbinado sugar onto a plate in a thin even layer. Cut figs in half. Dip the inside half of the fig (the cut side) into the sugar. Gently tap away any loose pieces of sugar. You need it coated well enough across the surface to melt. Use a culinary tourch to melt the sugar. Move the heat source around constantly to avoid burning the sugar too much. It takes a second to warm up and then it will start to bubble. You know it is done with the sugar turns liquid and light brown. The shell will harden as it cools. Assemble on top of cheesecake. Enjoy!