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Monday, November 10, 2008

Strawberries Cheesecake

Last Saturday was my sis, S's birthday. After having Lemon Curd Cheesecake I made for sis J in August, she requested a strawberry version for her own birthday. Her birthday and mine is just 10 days apart. Coincidentally, my kids birthdays are also 10 days apart. Well, for my birthday, I didn't have any cakes. I didn't want to bake myself 1 either. Instead, I was treated to having durians. That, coming from a durian-hater IH.

This cake is quite popular among friends and I have got quite a few orders since its debut in August. I am glad to make this cake for S. It meant that there is another way for me to decorate cheesecake. I had wanted to cook my own strawberry jam for this cake, but I think it would a waste of the fresh berries. So I changed the game plan a little. I experimented with a few cutters before settling for this six-petal one. I pureed about 320g of fresh strawberries for this cake. The strawberries were halved and placed upright on the biscuit crust. All in all, I think I might have used at least 450g to 500g of strawberries. I am very happy with the result and will be adding this to the menu.

As much as I enjoyed the process of making this cake, I hope S liked it and that it met her expectations. Happy Birthday!

*Update to add recipe*

Strawberries Cheesecake
Base :
120g Digestive Biscuits, crushed finely
40g Softened butter

Filling :
8 to 10 Strawberries (depending on size), sliced into half
100g Cream Cheese, bring to room temperature
100g Yoghurt (Paul's set yoghurt)
70g Fine Sugar*

1 Tbsp + 1/2 Tsp Gelatin
3 Tbsp Boiling Water
*make sure the gelatin is melted and kept warm

200g Strawberry Puree**
200ml Non Dairy Whip Cream, whipped to mousse state and chilled

Topping : (Optional)
Some strawberry slices
1 Packet of Tortally Jelly (Strawberry flavour), use as per instruction but you won't be using all

1) Prepare a 7 inch loose base round tin. Mix the crushed biscuits and butter in a bowl. Transfer to the cake tin, using a small spoon to press the base evenly. Chill in the fridge for later use.

2) Arrange the halved strawberries against the tin. In a mixing bowl, using a electric whisk, whisk cream cheese, yoghurt and sugar till mixture is creamy and no lumps. Pour in the gelatin mixture, using a hand whisk to incorporate well. Add in strawberry puree and whipped cream, stir well.

3) Pour into the prepared cake tin, using a spatula to level the surface. Set the cake before decorating with strawberry slices and jelly. Leave to chill for at least 3 hours. Remove from tin.

*Note : As the strawberries were rather tart, I adjusted the amount of sugar accordingly.

**Note : To make strawberry puree, simply take 320g of fresh strawberries, blend well and sieve.

I do apologise for not being able to disclose much about the decorating method as I am selling this cake in this pattern. Appreciate your understanding.


Noob Cook said...

woah your cake is so beautiful and nicely decorated =D

Anonymous said...

One word....BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Rei,
This is so beautiful! You're such a creative person. Can pass some "creative juice" over to me? ;)

Baking Fiend said...

Rei, tt's one beautiful cake! Happy belated B'day to yr sis and Happy B'day to you! :)

Jullie Teo said...

WOW!!! Very very pretty! I'm sure it's delicious too... :)

Happy Homebaker said...

This is so pretty!! Happy belated Birthday!

Rei said...

Thanks for you kind words and well wishes!

PAB : Hahah, you're funny! :D

Family First said...

If I see back your first post and now your current post, you have indeed improved tremendously! Really good lah you!

Anonymous said...

This is a jaw dropping design for a cheesecake that shows great talent by the baker and it looks delicious too. Wish I had skill like this.

Katherine said...

wow very very pretty!!! i was staring at the pic wondering how you assemble the cake for a long time man...and until now still dont understand!!!! =X

Cookie said...

This is nice design. Even if you tell how to make, many also won't be able to get it as neatly and beautifully arranged as yours. It takes a lot of patience!


Anonymous said...

This is easily one of the most beautiful cheesecakes I've ever seen. It's gorgeous and elegant, also quite feminine :). I'd like to include it on our blog. Please let me know if you're interested!

Sophie, Key Ingredient Chief Blogger

Rei said...

Sophie : Thanks for the compliment! Would be honoured if you do that. :)

Yuki said...

wow.. your cake is so pretty :) would love to try this recipe out.. but what is paul's set yogurt? is it like ordinary yogurt or more like greek yogurt?

Rei said...

Yuki : It's the brand of yoghurt, it is thicker and creamier. Greek yoghurt can be used too.

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful and it's different from strawberry cheese cakes that I've seen here in HK. I like it !

Rei said...

Chumpman : You can do this! It doesn't require baking.