Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Summer Strawberry Cheesecake

I love cheesecake. Love it. Not baked though, only unbaked. Baked seems wrong somehow. It just doesn't work for me. Where was I? I love cheesecake, and for those of you who love cheesecake I'm going to share my very first attempt at my own recipe. It's really nice, you should try it.


Base
1 packet Marie biscuits, crumbed
100g melted butter

Mix the crushed biscuits and melted butter together thoroughly and press into the base of a greased cheesecake tin. Refrigerate.

Filling
1 cup strawberry puree (see instructions below)
1 tablespoon powdered gelatine (or substitute *)
375 grams cream cheese (bring to room temp.)
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 and 1/4 cup cream, whipped

For puree - Hull and wash 2 punnets of strawberries, if large cut in half. Using a food processor or suitable replacement, puree the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of sugar and a squeeze of lemon. Leftover puree is wonderful on yoghurt, icecream, even cereal.

Place 1 cup of puree into a small saucepan with the gelatine, caster sugar and lemon juice and stir with a fork over a low heat. You want to heat the ingredients, not cook them. Leave to cool while you:

Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Beat in the cooled strawberry mixture until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream lightly. Pour onto the base and refrigerate until set.

Topping
3/4 cup strawberry puree
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons arrowroot

Warm ingredients together in a small saucepan (once again - just warming, not cooking). Pour on top of set cheesecake and refrigerate until set.

Serve with additional whipped cream if desired.

I hope you enjoy this recipe - as always I'm more than happy to answer questions or receive comments or suggestions. 

* It has come to my attention that some people prefer not to use gelatine so here is a link for suitable alternatives and quantities.

6 comments:

willow and moo said...

How funny! I am the opposite and prefer a baked cheesecake. Perhaps it's because it's the usual standard in the US. I also have weird issues with gelatine.

Looks yummy!

baukje said...

It looks delicious but I also have difficulty with gelatine.....

Liam's Mummy said...

I'm an un-baked cheesecake fan. I love, love, love cheesecake and am very disappointed when the only cheesecake on the menu is baked. Yours looks delicious.

The Handmaden said...

How interesting about the gelatine. I'm going to look into alternatives for those who don't want to use it. Thanks for the feedback ladies!

narrawallee said...

Haven' made the cheese cake yet,but I was wondering if I could use cornflour instead of arrowroot.

The Handmaden said...

I think cornflour would work for the topping, although it may not "set" in the same way, which wouldn't matter too much anyway - you mostly want the cheese part to set. Good luck!