chai-spiced cheesecake tarts
- 330g gingernut biscuits
- ½ cup (60g) almond meal (ground almonds)
- 130g unsalted butter, melted
- 500g cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup (120g) sour cream
- 1 cup (175g) brown sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
- ½ teaspoon mixed spice
- 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus extra, for dusting
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3 eggs
- Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Place the gingernuts and almond meal in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Add the butter and process to combine. Using the back of a spoon, press the mixture into the base and sides of 8 x 8cm-round lightly greased, deep-sided and loose-bottomed tart tins. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- To make the filling, place the cream cheese and sour cream in an electric mixer and beat for 3–4 minutes or until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla seeds, mixed spice, cinnamon and ginger and beat for 3–4 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition until well combined.
- Divide the mixture between the tart tins, place on a baking tray and bake for 15–20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold. Dust with the extra cinnamon to serve. Makes 8
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