• 1 tsp butter, for greasing
  • 1 x 200g large ready-made flan sponge
  • 3 tbsp Grand Marnier
  • 600 g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 200 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds removed and reserved
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2.5 tbsp cornflour
  • 300 ml whipping cream

For the topping:

  • 250 g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 200 g fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Pour boiling water into a roasting tin (to 2cm deep) and place it on the bottom shelf or the base of the oven.

  2. 2

    Grease and line a deep 23cm loose bottomed cake tin. Trim around the edge of the flan sponge so that it fits snugly in the base of the tin, then spoon over the Grand Marnier.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla seeds until combined. Beat in the eggs and cornflour.

  4. 4

    Once combined, add the whipping cream and whisk until thick.

  5. 5

    Pour into the prepared tin. Bake on the middle shelf for 50 minutes until set. Leave to cool completely in the tin. If you're not freezing the cheesecake, chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours before serving.

  6. 6

    Prepare the topping. Place the cranberries, mixed berries, sugar and cinnamon in a large pan. Slowly bring to the boil to allow the sugar to dissolve, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, transfer to a freezable lidded container and allow to cool.

  7. 7

    To freeze, wrap the cooled cheesecake (in the tin) with a double layer of clingfilm. Freeze the cheesecake and the mixed berry topping separately.

  8. 8

    The night before you want to serve it, transfer the cheesecake and topping from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. Put the cheesecake on a plate or cake stand and spoon the berries over the top.


    Get ahead: the cooled cheesecake can be frozen (in the tin), wrapped with a double layer of clingfilm. Top with the berries just before serving.


    Kitchen secret: we've cheated for speed and used a ready-made flan sponge as the base for this cheesecake.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 2567kj 613kcal 31%
  • Fat 35.2g 50%
  • Saturates 21.3g 107%
  • Sugars 51.1g 57%
  • Salt 0.8g 13%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1013kj/242kcal

Each serving provides

61.9g carbohydrate 1.0g fibre 8.6g protein

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