Goats cheese cheesecake with a Clonakilty Blackpudding, a panko and oat base

This is a lovely savoury cake that is perfect sliced as an impressive starter, served with rocket for an exciting lunch, or cut into portions and served as canapés.



Slice the Black pudding and gently fry until cooked. Set aside to cool, and then crumble.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add a pinch of Salt and Pepper.

Press into a round or square tin (approx 8 inches) and place in the fridge to set.



75g Parmesan (Grated)

1 ½ cups Panko Breadcrumbs

½ cup Oats

2 inch piece Clonakilty Blackpudding

6 Walnuts (Roasted and crushed)

5 tbsp butter (melted)


500g Cream cheese

300g Goats cheese

2 eggs

3 tbsp cream

½ tsp Wholegrain mustard

2 tbsp Chives (chopped)

1 leaf Gelatine (soaked in cold water until soft)


In a large bowl, mix the two cheeses until well combined. Add the chives, mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Warm the cream and add the Gelatine and stir until dissolved.

Mix the eggs together and add to the cheese mixture. Mix well (its best to use an electric mixer)

Pour the mixture into the greased tin and bake for approx 45 minutes at 180’c.


Bacon Sprinkle

½ cup of finely chopped cooked Smoked Bacon

2 tbsp maple syrup


Mix the bacon and the Maple syrup well and place on a lined baking tray.

Bake at 170c until bacon is crisp.

Caramelised apple slice

1 apple (Sliced)

Brown Sugar


Slice apples thinly and de-seed.

Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and bake until crisped up.

(190c for about 30 minutes- it depends on the water content of apple)


Balsamic Pearls

100ml Balsamic Vinegar

Half a tsp Agar Agar

1 cup of oil


Place the oil in a tall container (a tall glass is best) in the freezer for about 40 minutes.

Pop the Balsamic vinegar in a saucepan, warm and add the agar-agar powder, whisk constantly to ensure that it is dissolved. Remove from heat and leave cool slightly (about 50’)

Fill a syringe or pipette with the Balsamic and drop into the glass of cold oil (about 3 inches up from the rim) not putting too many in at once.

Strain and rinse the pearls in cold water and pop in the fridge until ready to use.

Plastic syringes and pipettes are quite cheap and can be purchased on eBay or next to nothing. It is worth having a few in the drawer or delicate jobs like plating designs using sauces or cake decoration.


Source: http://ethnacookseverything.com/2012/12/20/860/

Many thanks to the talented Ethna - 'The Burlesque Chef' for this delicious recipe. Check out more of Ethna's fab recipes on FacebookTwitter, or her website

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