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PATISSERIE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

A little sweet festive something, which you won’t be able to resist!

PATISSERIE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

A little sweet festive something, which you won’t be able to resist!

PATISSERIE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE

A little sweet festive something, which you won’t be able to resist!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

FOR THIS EASY DESSERT IDEA YOU WILL NEED

SHOPPING LIST

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

METHOD

  1. Remove the strawberry cheesecake from the box and allow to thaw. Whilst it is thawing, come along, you’ve got work to do.
  2. In a bowl break 160g of white chocolate and place in the microwave for 45 seconds. Once the 45 seconds are done, remove the bowl from the microwave and give the chocolate a gentle mix. The chocolate by this stage will just have started to melt. We advise that you melt in 45 second increments so that you don’t burn the chocolate. So, back in the microwave for a further 45 seconds and mix. If you’ve chosen a thicker chocolate slab, you might need to place the choc bowl back in the microwave for a further 30 seconds, checking up on it. We used a medium thickness chocolate for ours, so 2 x 45 second increments melted the white chocolate to our desired smooth consistency.
  3. Once melted, remove from the microwave and allow to cool down for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Now, place your 6 digestive biscuits into a sandwich bag and using the bottom of the mug, crush them until the biscuits have disintegrated into fine dust sprinkles. Then, decant into a bowl.
  5. Find a bowl or a tray that you can place into the freezer and spray with non-stick spray.
  6. Now, the almonds. Toast the almonds on a non-stick pan. Make sure you’re toasting on a medium heat. Don’t take your eyes off the almonds as they burn very quickly. Once you’ve toasted them, place them on a plate and wait for them to cool down.
  7. Now let’s start with the strawberries. You will need 4 for the plating but dip some extra for the kids. Remove all the leaves from the strawberries leaving the little stems. Hold the strawberry from its stem and dip and scoop the strawberry into the melted chocolate. A little patience as the excess chocolate drips back into the bowl.
  8. Now dip each strawberry into the plate with the toasted almonds, until the strawberry surface is covered in almonds. Keep repeating until all the strawberries are done. Remember to make extra for the kids, with or without the nuts. Place each strawberry onto your tray and when done, in the freezer for 15 minutes or until you are ready to plate.

Now let’s plate!

  1. You will need, 2 large plates and 2 cookie cutters. Whatever pattern works for you. Position the cookie cutters off centre and using a teaspoon, gently spoon the crushed digestives into the mould. Do the same with the second plate. When done, use a brush to dust off the excess crushed digestives off the plate.
  2. Using a spatula, bring the thawed cheesecake and place each slice onto the right of the cookie cutter.
  3. Now, remove the strawberries from the freezer and place one strawberry onto the widest part of the slice and place the second on the plate. If you want to you can cut the second strawberry in half and then plate. Do the same with the second plate.
  4. Now, very carefully, remove the mould on both plates as quickly as you can to reveal the crushed digestive biscuit pattern.

And that my friends is how you’re going to plate, this festive season! A strawberry cheesecake, reimagined just for you!

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