Explore Philippine cuisine through Davao City Durian Cheesecake

Hello there, JaimeInez here! I’m thrilled to welcome you back to Food and Meal, where we celebrate the joy of cooking and the love for food. Today, I’m excited to share with you my recent culinary adventure with a delightful Filipino dessert – the Davao City Durian Cheesecake. This journey has been nothing short of amazing, and I can’t wait to dive into the details with you. So, let’s embark on this gastronomic exploration together!

Davao City Durian Cheesecake Recipe

Davao City Durian Cheesecake
The fresh durian and cream cheese that form the foundation of davao city durian cheesecake
Explore Philippine Cuisine Through Davao City Durian Cheesecake 1

Davao City Durian Cheesecake

Kadayawan Festival of Davao City (3rd week in August). The Kadayawan festival is the most glorious annual festival in Davao City. It’s mostly a thanksgiving feast for the city’s blessings, its cultural wealth, its abundant produce, and its serene way of living.
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Course: Cake
Cuisine: Philippines
Keyword: durian, Graham cracker crumbs
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Jaime Inez
Cost: $25
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For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups of Graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted

For the Filling:


  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • For the crust, combine all the ingredients together, then, press into a 9-inch pie pan. Set aside in the fridge.
  • For the filling, combine milk and durian together, stirring and mashing until smooth. Set aside.
  • Next, beat together cream cheese and sugar until the mixture becomes smooth.
  • Gradually add the eggs and continue to beat on medium.
  • Place combined durian flesh and milk, plus vanilla, into the mixer.
  • Add flour and continue to mix until blended.
  • Pour in the mixture onto prepared crust, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely and chill in the refrigerator before slicing and serving.



For those who simply can’t stomach eating the fresh durian fruit amid its
pungent smell, there are various alternatives to still enjoy it and discover
Davao’s best. This cheesecake recipe is just one of the many desserts that
seeks to highlight this prime produce that the city is proud of. They serve this
cheesecake whenever a celebration is one and it certainly never misses a
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Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About Davao City Durian Cheesecake

Davao City Durian Cheesecake
The process of blending durian into a creamy cheesecake base – a testament to the culinary creativity of davao city

Davao City Durian Cheesecake is a unique dessert that hails from Davao City, known as the “Durian Capital of the Philippines”. This cheesecake features the king of fruits – durian, blended seamlessly into a creamy cheesecake base. The result is a dessert that’s rich, creamy, and carries the distinct, bold flavor of durian, making it a must-try for both durian lovers and adventurous foodies.

Cooking Tips for Davao City Durian Cheesecake

  • Quality of Ingredients: Always opt for fresh durian. The quality of your durian can significantly impact the taste of your cheesecake.
  • Balancing Flavors: Balancing the strong flavor of durian with the creaminess of the cheesecake base is crucial. Adjust the amount of durian pulp according to your preference.
  • Baking Time: Be careful not to overbake the cheesecake. It should still have a slight wobble in the center when it’s done.

Serving Suggestions for Davao City Durian Cheesecake

Davao City Durian Cheesecake
A slice of davao city durian cheesecake – a daring representation of filipino dessert innovation
  • Chilled Dessert: Serve your Durian Cheesecake chilled. This enhances the texture and flavor of the cheesecake.
  • Fruit Garnish: A garnish of fresh fruits can add a refreshing contrast to the rich cheesecake.
  • Drink Pairing: A cup of hot tea or coffee makes a great pairing with this rich and creamy dessert.

FAQs About Davao City Durian Cheesecake

  • What Makes Davao City Durian Cheesecake Special? Davao City Durian Cheesecake is special due to its incorporation of durian, a fruit known for its strong, distinctive flavor, into a classic cheesecake.
  • Can I Use Frozen Durian? While fresh durian is recommended, you can use frozen durian if fresh ones are not available. Just make sure to thaw it properly before using.
  • Can I Make It Less Durian-Intense? Yes, you can adjust the amount of durian pulp according to your preference. Remember, the dish should still carry a hint of durian flavor!
  • How Can I Store Leftovers? Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Can I Make It Vegan? While traditional Durian Cheesecake is not vegan, you could experiment with plant-based alternatives like cashew cream and vegan cream cheese to create a vegan version.
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In conclusion, Davao City Durian Cheesecake is more than just a dessert; it’s a culinary adventure that challenges and delights the palate. The process of making it involves careful preparation and a balance of flavors, resulting in a dessert that’s both indulgent and unique. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, I hope these tips and suggestions inspire you to try making your own Davao City Durian Cheesecake at home. Happy baking!

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