Berry Passion Cheesecake

I’ll admit I’m pretty proud of this one.  It’s a bit more impressive looking than what I’ve made lately, and it tastes amazing! The cheese part of the cake is creamy and has a delicate lemon flavour dotted with bursts of raspberry while the top layer has a tart fruity bite to it.

Truthfully, I don’t have a lot of experience working with gelatine, powdered gelatine in this case, which I find can be a little tricky.  I think it’s a bit difficult to get rid of the lumps before it’s cool enough to use. It might be cheating, but I like to add more powdered gelatine and then remove the lumps of gelatine once it’s cooled enough to use.  I haven’t added any extra gelatine to the ingredients below but I think I added less than half a teaspoon.

olive oil cooking spray
250g Nice biscuits
125g unsalted butter, melted

500g light cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup caster sugar
300ml light thickened cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
300g frozen raspberries

3 teaspoons gelatine powder
¼ cup boiling water
2 passionfruit, halved
¼ cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
¼ cup water

Release the base from a 20cm round springform pan. Lightly spray the base and sides of the pan with oil then line with baking paper.

Break up and process the biscuits in a food processor until finely crushed. Add the melted butter and process until combined. Transfer to the prepared pan. Use the back of a spoon to spread and press the biscuit mixture firmly over the base and most of the way up the side of the pan.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the cream and beat until well combined.

Place the boiling water in a small heatproof bowl. Sprinkle with gelatine and use a fork to stir until it dissolves. Set aside for about 10 minutes to cool.

Add the gelatine mixture and lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. Beat until combined. Fold through half of the frozen raspberries. Pour into the prepared pan and quickly smooth the surface.

Cover and place in the fridge for 4 hours or over overnight to chill.

Once the cake is nearly, or has set, defrost the remaining raspberries and process in a food processor until smooth. Press through a fine sieve into a small saucepan.

Stir in the passionfruit pulp and extra sugar.

Combine the cornflour and water in a small bowl. Add to the pan. Stir over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour over and spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake.

Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until set.

Cranberry, Kiwi & Sesame Biscuits

This recipe makes about 20 biscuits and they can be stored for about 5 days in an airtight container.

Cranberry, Kiwi & Sesame Biscuits

100 g unsalted butter
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tbsp. golden syrup
1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1 ¼ cups plain flour, sifted
¼ cup sesame seeds
⅔ cup dried kiwifruit, finely chopped
⅔ cup craisins

 

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.

Place roughly chopped butter, sugar, golden syrup and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2- 3 minutes or until butter has melted. Remove from heat. Stir in bicarbonate of soda. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly.

In a large bowl combine oats, flour and sesame seeds. Pour over butter mixture, add kiwifruit and craisins and stir until well combined.

Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls and place 5cm apart on the prepared trays. Use a fork to flatten them just a little.

Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until golden. Set aside on trays for 5 minutes to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are classic.

This is a simple and straight forward recipe that makes a good looking cookie.  It only makes around 25 cookies or so depending on how big you make them, but sometimes you just don’t need a batch of forty or sixty cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

125 g unsalted butter, chopped and softened
⅓ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
⅓ cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups self raising flour
1 cup dark choc bits

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place butter, brown sugar and caster sugar in a small bowl.  Using an electric mixer, beat until light and creamy.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Transfer cookie mixture to a large bowl. Sift over flour and using a wooden spoon mix until combined. Add choc chip and mix until combined.

Place dessertspoonsful of the mixture, 4cm apart, on the prepared tray.

Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until golden. Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes to cool before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.