Baking · Desserts & Puddings · Fruit & Berries

Quick Cheesecake w Lime Glazed Berries

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This is a heavenly dessert that is close to a cheesecake but much easier to do. You can choose what flavour (if any) you want and decorate it with whatever suits your chosen flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 10 digestive bisquits
  • 50g butter
  • 4tbsp sugar
  • 800g cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • flavouring (try juice and zest of a lime, Bailey’s cream, finely chopped stravberries, a vanilla pod or whatever tickles your tastebuds)
  • 600ml double cream
  • decorations (choose whatever matches your flavouring – for my lime cake I caramellise blueberries and strawberries – see instructions below)

Directions:

  1. Turn the digestives into crumbs in a mixer or by beating them in a bowl
  2. Caramellise the sugar in a saucepan
  3. Add butter and digestive crumbs and stir quickly
  4. Spread the mixture in the bottom of a spring form
  5. Mix cream cheese, icing sugar and your chosen flavouring into a smooth mixture
  6. Whisk the double cream fluffy and fold into the cheese mixture
  7. Spread over the bisquit base
  8. Leave in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set
  9. Decorate and serve

Lime glazed berries:

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • juice of a lime
  • berries

Caramellise the sugar in a saucepan and add the lime juice. Stir and fold in the berries quickly – don’t let them get hot! Spread over the cake and leave in fridge to set.

This cake serves 8 people

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Fruity, Fresh Summer Granita

Granita is a simpler form of sorbet from Italy. Lovely for dessert or just as a snackĀ  on a hot summer’s day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of watery fruits (eg. melon, currants, citus fruits etc)
  • 200-300 g caster sugar
  • 200 ml water

Directions:

  1. clean and peel the fruit, put into a blender and mix into a smooth paste
  2. pour the sugar and water into a pan on medium heat and stir until the sugar crystals have dissolved
  3. mix the cooled sugar syrup with the fruit paste and put into the freezer
  4. take out every 15 minutes and give it a good stir – repeat for about 2 hours until it’s got a crystalline texture
  5. Garnish with some fresh fruit or berries