The second recipe in Oxfam Petergate’s blog series is another delicious dessert. And it uses the Fairtrade stem ginger cookies we sell right here in the shop! Convenient, no?

If you are too tempted to actually make all of these at once, there are, of course, other Fairtrade recipes that aren’t desserts. I promise I’ll get to them soon! However, this one sounded too good to pass up! So for now:

Easy Lime and Ginger Cheesecake

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 min

Chilling time: 30 min

Basically, in 45 minutes you’re in business.


200g pack of Fairtrade stem ginger cookies, crushed

50g butter, melted

500g mascarpone cheese (they usually come in 250g tubs, so get two of these)

40g icing sugar, sifted

Finely grated zest and juice of two limes


1. Mix together the crushed biscuits and melted butter (I also like to add a bit of sugar to my cheesecake bases to make them a bit jazzier) and press into the bottom of an 18cm (7inch) spring-sided or loose-bottomed cake tin.

2. Place the mascarpone cheese, icing sugar, lime zest and juice in a bowl and beat together. Spread this mixture over the biscuit base.

3. Put it in the fridge and chill for 30 min! That’s really it.

Decorate and garnish however you like before serving. Maybe some whipped cream? Or clotted cream, bit of greenery? You can’t go wrong.

Now as you get all excited for cheesecake, (because after all who doesn’t like cheesecake?) remember the whole point of these recipes is that they are Fairtrade recipes. So help the global community during this Fairtrade Fortnight (and after) by buying Fairtrade goods as much as you can.

As the Fairtrade organization says, “Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on products. It’s your guarantee that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting a better deal.”