Simple baked passion fruit cheesecakes

Makes 12


  • 165 g cream cheese, chopped
  • 250 g fresh ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup fresh passion fruit pulp
  • 12 plain sweet cookies


  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Place the cream cheese, ricotta, eggs, sugar and lemon juice in the bowl of a food processor. Combine the cornstarch and water and mix to a smooth paste. Add to the cream cheese mixture and process until smooth. Stir through the passion fruit.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cases. Place a cookie into the base of each and pour over the cheesecake mixture. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until just set. Refrigerate until cold.
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