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Gingerbread cheesecake {from a recycled gingerbread house}

Gingerbread cheesecake

Every year we try and make a gingerbread house together. Living in London it is really easy to get hold of gingerbread kits, and I picked up one in Ikea and Flying Tiger (or Tiger as it used to be known). They are definitely a Christmassy thing but I think it’s becoming more acceptable to enjoy them all year round. A few years ago we decorated a Valentine’s gingerbread house and even a Halloween gingerbread house too.

December was unusually busy so we didn’t get round to using the gingerbread kit I bought from Flying Tiger. We all love cheesecake so I thought I would experiment and use it as the biscuit base for a cheesecake instead!

Gingerbread cheesecake using flying tiger ginger bread house

I unwrapped the gingerbread house kit and as you can see there were plenty of pieces to use.

I placed them inside a food bag and bashed them with a rolling pin until I had a bag of crumbs.

I melted 40g of unsalted butter and added this to about half of the biscuit crumbs.

This is the easiest cheesecake base and smelled so good! I divided the mixture between my three gorgeous Orla Kiely bowls, pushing it down with the back of a small spoon.

Then it was time to make the cheesecake top. I followed the recipe from my Cath Kidston Teatime book, I thought I had blogged about this recipe before but I can’t find it. The recipe uses 200g cream cheese, 200ml double cream, 40g icing sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. This makes a really delicious cheesecake and you can add mini gingerbread men to the top or leave it as it is. Absolutely delicious and a great way to use up any unwanted gingerbread house kits!

Gingerbread cheesecake {from a recycled gingerbread house}


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    Sarah Bella
    March 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Wow, such a great idea! I never thought to use a gingerbread house to make a cheesecake base! This looks truly delicious and simple to make too! May have to pin this on pinterest so I can give this a whirl at some point in the near future! Thank you for sharing. xx

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    Amy & Tots
    March 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Sounds so easy to make and cheesecake always looks delicious. I just don’t like cheese, of any variety. Boo!

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    Sarah | Lavender Life
    March 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    This sounds like it would be so delicious! I absolutely LOVE gingerbread!

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    Lauretta C Wright
    March 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    I love Flying Tiger – looks like you’ve done a great job of it – girl after my own heart!

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    Melissa Wachman
    March 30, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Cheesecake is my guilty pleasure. I could eat it all day, every day. That being said, you’ve inspired me to try my hand at making my own. You make it look so easy! Thanks for the great idea. Using a gingerbread house is really ingenious.

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    Andrea @ The Petite Cook
    March 30, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I agree Gingerbread house should be enjoyed all year round! I love the sound of gingerbread cheesecake, I bet it tastes delicious!

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    March 31, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    super nice and yummy idea! I’d love to try it x

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    April 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Yumm. You really put me into a mood for a gingerbread cake right now! Off to the kitchen I go 😉

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    April 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Ooh yum! I love cheesecake and the thought of one with a gingerbread base sounds delicious!

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