Before I kick off, here is a picture from my excursion Lincolnshire!
So, let’s talk cheesecake. This is my true weakness when it comes to baking; it makes me nervous, the ingredients are somewhat expensive most of the time, I worry it’s never going to set, and so on. Honestly, this was my 3rd attempt at making a cheesecake, but this time it’s Mary’s way.
Both times I had tried making a cheesecake, I thought it would be good idea to use light/low fat cream cheese. WRONG. DID NOT WORK, DIDN’T SET AND MADE A MESS! So when I read in the ingredients list that low fat cream cheese was included, my heart sank to the pit of my stomach and I didn’t know if to follow my instinct or just follow the recipe. I went with Mary, and she didn’t let me down.
There is one thing I will say, the base is not good enough with 10 biscuits and 50 g butter. If I were to do it again (fat chance, cheesecakes and I are not friends), I would increase these amounts to make sure it has an adequate crust that can withstand cutting and pushing out from the flan tin. I also decided not to top it all with lots of whipped cream because for me, it would ruin it; I did however add strawberries and mint leaves for decoration. Other than that, a lovely recipe with a profound lemon taste which set! Hurray!
For the base:
- 10 digestive biscuits
- 50 g butter
- 25 g demerara sugar
For the cheesecake filling:
- 150 ml single cream
- 397 g can condensed milk
- 175 g low-fat soft cheese
- Grated rind and juice of 3 lemons
For the topping:
- 150 ml whipping or double cream (whipped)
- Fresh strawberries
- Mint leaves (optional)
- Put the digestive biscuits into a plastic sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin.
- Melt the butter in a medium sized pan; remove it from the heat and stir in the biscuit crumbs and the demerara sugar.
- Press evenly over the base and sides of a 9″ flan dish, then leave to set.
- For the filling, mix together the cream, condensed milk, soft cheese and lemon rind.
- Add the lemon juice a little at a time, whisking until the mixture begins to thicken. It will happen I promise, just keep going!
- Pour into the case and leave to chill in the fridge overnight.
- Decorate with cream (if you wish) and strawberries, add the mint leaves for a decorative touch