14 July 2012

Strawberry Cheesecake

As this is the season for juicy strawberries I thought I would share this great {and easy to make} recipe which I found on the Pedra do Lar  blog - one of my favourite food blogs from Portugal.

you will need:
for the base

200 g of whole crackers with sesame seeds

50 g of butter at room temperature

6 tbsp brown sugar

for the filling

250 g of cream cheese

150 g of Greek yogurt

150 g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 g colourless gelatine sheets

200 ml of double cream

1 tbsp lemon juice

for the sauce

300 g of strawberries {organic if possible}

100 g of icing sugar

A sheet of gelatine


Wash and cut the strawberries and put them in a saucepan with the sugar over low heat. Leave the liquid to reduce until it forms a thick sauce. Grind until it forms a puree.

Place the sheet of gelatine in cold water and add it to the strawberry puree whilst it's still warm, stirring well. Allow to cool.

Crush the crackers. Mix them with butter and brown sugar until the mixture is looks like sand.

Put a 22 cm ring {diameter} in a shallow serving dish and cover the bottom with the crackers mixture, pressing.

Beat cream cheese with the yogurt and sugar until creamy. Set aside.
Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water. Drain and add two or three tablespoons of hot water to dissolve. Stir well.
Beat the cold double cream with the lemon juice until firm. Add the gelatine and mix with a whisk.
Involve gently the cream and put inside the rim. Allow to solidify in the refrigerator.
When serving remove the ring by heating it slightly with your hands and pour the strawberry puree on top.
I will be making it this weekend, why don't you join me?
photo credits and recipe: Pedra do lar


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