Sunday, 8 September 2013

Cheesecake in a Glass

Ever been in a last minute situation where you have to entertain guests for dinner? The type where you discover in the afternoon that you're going to have guests over in a couple of hours? That's when there isn't any time to focus on an elaborate dessert. You have to prepare the meal- and fast!!
But what's the fun if there isn't any delicious dessert to wrap up the evening?

Once again Nigella comes to the rescue. The one thing about her recipes are that they are completely foolproof and produce brilliant results!
I recently tried out a recipe from a dessert cookbook i was gifted with and followed it to the tee.. With disappointing results.
Not good!!!

This cheesecake in a glass takes less than fifteen minutes to prepare and could be made as little as an hour before serving.

200g strawberries (or 1 big punnet)
1 tsp caster sugar
4 digestive biscuits
100g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tbsp icing sugar
125ml double cream
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp vanilla extract
4 small glasses/ bowls

Quarter the strawberries, then cut in half again, to give pretty small dice. Put into a bowl, sprinkle with caster sugar, cover with clingfilm and shake the bowl once or twice.

Leave the berries to macerate while you put the biscuits into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until you have a sandy bag of crumbs.

Measure the cream cheese and icing sugar into a bowl and whisk by hand. Add the cream, lemon juice and vanilla, and whisk gently to combine.

Divide the biscuit crumbs equally between your four glasses, and arrange in the bottom of each one. Spoon the cream cheese mix on top, dividing it equally between the glasses and covering the biscuits.

Divide the sugar-shiny strawberries between the glasses, to give a glossy, red-berried layer on each glass.

If you'd like a lemony cheesecake without any strawberries, I'd recommend adding some lemon zest to the cream mixture.

It's such a quick and easy recipe that has the best results!!

Oh and yes my cheesecakes have crushed flake on top of them :-) that's how the Taste Tester prefers them. Everything with chocolate tastes better. He's a man after my own heart ;-)