RECIPE: Coffee Swirl Cheesecake

Indulge in the rich fusion of creamy cheesecake and the bold essence of coffee with this tantalising Coffee Swirl Cheesecake recipe. Perfectly marrying the lusciousness of cream cheese and the delightful texture of ricotta, this dessert presents a flavourful interplay of sweet and aromatic tones.
Enhanced with the distinct touch of Douwe Egberts Ristretto Style instant coffee, each velvety bite unveils a symphony of flavours.

Follow these simple steps to craft a dessert that’s bound to captivate palates and elevate any occasion.


200g chocolate biscuits
80g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for the pan
1 Tbsp Douwe Egberts Ristretto style instant coffee
2 tsp boiling water
500g cream cheese, room temprature
500g smooth ricotta
4 eggs, room temprature
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp plain flour


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Combine Douwe Egberts Ristretto Style instant coffee and hot water in a small bowl, stir and set aside. Lightly butter sides and base of a 23 cm springform (removable base) tin.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse biscuits to a fine texture. Add butter and pulse again until combined. Press biscuit mixture across base and 4cm up the side of the prepared tin. Place tin in refrigerator to chill, while you prepare the filling.
  3. Rinse processor bowl. Add cream cheese to processor and pulse until smooth. Add ricotta and blend until well combined, scraping down the sides occasionally. Add eggs, sugar and vanilla and blend to incorporate. Add flour and pulse until just mixed through.
  4. Scoop ¼ cup of the cheesecake filling into the bowl with the Douwe Egberts Ristretto Style instant coffee and stir to combine. Tip half the remaining filling onto the chilled crust and smooth the surface. Dollop half of the coffee filling over these cheesecake filing in the pan and use the end of a chopstick to gently swirl. Repeat with the rest of the cheesecake filling, followed by the rest of the coffee filling.
  5. Place the cheesecake tin on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 40 – 45 minutes, until the edge of the cheesecake is puffed, and the centre is still wobbly. Turn the heat off and leave pan in oven, with the door cracked open, for a further 1 hour until the cake is fully set. Remove the cake from oven and release side of pan. Cool completely before cutting, or refrigerate, uncovered, overnight.

No food processor? Cheesecake filling can be made using an electric hand mixer. Biscuits can be placed in a large plastic bag and crushed with a rolling pin.

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