Sunday, 12 April 2015

Rippled Strawberry Curd Cheesecake


I had lots of strawberries to spare and wanted to bake something interesting. I came across strawberry curd, and was delighted by the sweet, creamy, yet slightly tangy result. This would be excellent on scones or a Victoria sponge, but here I've used it a little differently, and rippled it through a vanilla cheesecake.


Strawberry curd

Makes approximately 250ml

Ingredients:
250g strawberries, hulled
50g white granulated sugar
30g butter
1 egg

Method:

1. Place the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan. Place on a medium heat and cover. Cook gently for 5 minutes, until the strawberries are soft.


2. Sieve the strawberries into a bowl, and with the back of a fork or spoon, pulp the strawberries through the sieve. Place the juice and pulp back into the saucepan/in a bowl over a pan of simmering water *



3. Place the butter, sugar, and egg into the saucepan/bowl. Constantly stir until thickened – in the saucepan this only takes a few minutes, but in the bowl it will take between 5 and 10 minutes. Make sure that the curd does not boil, as it would scramble. Remember however that the mixture won't be that smooth due to the strawberry pulp.





4. Once cooked through, pour into a glass and set aside. Once cooled, place in the fridge for at least half an hour. If you use a sterilized jam jar, this curd will last up to 2 months refrigerated.


*NOTE: Here I am making curd by a quicker but more error-prone method. The slower but safer way to cook the curd is in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.

ANOTHER NOTE: If you find the strawberry curd too sweet, replace 100g strawberries with 100g peeled and roughly chopped apple (such as a braeburn), and add 1/2 tsp lemon juice to the pan whilst softening the fruit. 

Rippled Strawberry Curd Cheesecake


Makes one 13cm cheesecake


Ingredients:
1 quantity strawberry curd
80g shortbread or digestive biscuits, crushed
30g butter, melted
250g full fat soft cheese
80g golden caster sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
90ml full fat natural yoghurt


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4. Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter and press into the base of a 13cm springform circular cake tin. Bake for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile make the cheesecake filling. Whisk the soft cheese lightly until smooth. Add the sugar and gently whisk again (until no obvious sugar crystals). Add the plain flour and whisk again to combine.

3. Add the vanilla extract, egg and yoghurt. Whisk until just combined. Over whisking will result in cracking after the cheesecake has baked.

4. Add 3-4 tbsp of the strawberry curd into the cheesecake and ripple through.

5. Once the base is cooked, take it out of the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes. Lightly grease the sides of the tin.

6. Turn up the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 9. Pour over the cheesecake filling and bake for 10 minutes.

7. Turn down the oven to 110c/90c fan/gas mark ¼. Cook for a further 25 minutes (the cheesecake will still have a slight wobble in the center). Turn off the oven and leave the door ajar. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for a further 2 hours.

8. Refrigerate overnight before serving.



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