Monday, July 24, 2006

Strawberry and Lime Cheesecake

I bought Sophie Grigson’s Country Kitchen a while ago. After seeing her on TV a few times – actually quite a lot, I decided to buy the book. For no special reason I only got to use it this weekend just gone. I fell in love with this strawberry cheesecake recipe and made sure that I got all the ingredients to try it over the weekend. I did consider using yogurt in order to make it a tad lighter but I had to drain it for a good eight hours and I didn’t organize myself enough. So in the end I decided to use the recipe as it is, and not to feel guilty about the extra calories. Instead I would enjoy every mouthful if it was worth it. It is one of those cheesecakes that don’t get cooked. You just need to let it set in the fridge. Lovely in a very hot day as nobody can stand the extra heat of the oven.

I loved the fact that we combine strawberry and lime as the two fruits seem to complement each other very well. I used a little bit more biscuit as I really love a crunchy base. In my opinion this cheesecake works well because it does not get too sweet – I did worry about it a bit. You can prepare a sauce to go with it but in my excitement to eat the cheesecake I confess to have forgotten all about it. Indulge.

For the base:

220g digestive biscuit/ tea biscuit

110g unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

3 leaves gelatine

150 ml single (pouring) cream

300 g cream cheese

125 g caster sugar

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes

300 g ripe strawberries, hulled and chopped

150 ml double cream, whipped

Crush the biscuits finely, either using a food processor or putting the biscuits in a bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. How thin you crush them depends on how you like them. Pour the butter over the crumbs and mix it all until the biscuit crumbs are covered. I prefer to do that using my hands as opposed to a spoon.

Put some water in a baking tin, enough to cover the gelatine, and throw the gelatine in. Leave to soak for 5 minutes. In the mean time bring the single cream to the boil and the remove it from the heat. Squeeze each gelatine leaf to remove the excess water and throw it in the pan with the cream, stirring one by one. They will dissolve instantly. Leave to cool for a few minutes.

Put the cream cheese in a bowl with the sugar, half the lime zest and all the lime juice. Beat together until smooth and creamy. Mix in the single cream mixture and then the chopped strawberries. Next fold in the whipped cream. Now pour the whole lot into the tart tin and smooth down lightly. . Chill until set, then sprinkle with the remaining lime zest.


Karen said...

Valentina, "digestive biscuits" are our "torradas"?

Ana said...

Your cheesecake is very pretty Valentina! And I agree that strawberries and lime do go well together!

Ana said...

I am back just to help Karen... if you don't mind Valentina...
Karen, digestive biscuits would be equivalent to "bolacha maisena" in Brazil!

valentina said...

Ana, thank you.It tastes so lovely as well and is very refreshing.

Karen, hope you got my email about the digestive biscuit. As mentioned we do not have digestive biscuits in Brasil - not like the ones here. The 'maisena' is a good substitute in that it does teh job but as a biscuit it is very different from digestive. I reckon that next time I go home I have to do a research trip to the supermarket.rss

bea at La Tartine Gourmande said...

Very nice looking cheesecake! And with Lime in it, it must be a winner!

paz said...

How interesting that the strawberry goes well with the lime. I'd certainly love a bite or two of your cheesecake!


valentina said...

Bea, I had never tried to pair the two before and now I can see that in a way I had wasted great opportunities.; o )
Paz, give it a go - really! it is strawberry season,isn't it?!/

Patricia Scarpin said...

Valentina, what a dreamy dessert!
Beautiful color (I have a thing for pink, have to confess) and it looks so fresh...
I should try it here.

Tanna said...

My mouth is crying "lime, strawberry" "Just one bite please".
Really looks beautiful.

paz said...

Yes, it is strawberry season. I may just give it a try. ;-)

Valentina, are you going to post your cilantro recipe? If so, you can send the link to Kalyn for WHB. She is the host for this coming weekend. You can find the details on my blog or your can e-mail me.


Pille said...

I had lime-macerated strawberries with yogurt for breakfast today:)
A friend of mine has his birthday this Saturday, and for the last three years I've always made a cheesecake for him. I might try a slightly different (alias your) version this time..

Julia said...

Hi Valentina,
What a delicious cheesecake! Looks so yummy!
Maybe also nice with raspberries...
I’ve just started my own foodblog(!) and came through a link on your page. Very nice blog! Will definitely come back; love al those sweet recipes... :)
Hope you'll check my blog sometimes!

estelle said...

your cheesecake looks delicious !! congratulations !!

J said...

hi valentina, this looks totally DIVINE! i can just imagine how that touch of zesty lime must add a lovely kick of citrus oomph!

Brilynn said...

Delicious combination!

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