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NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE

What we’re making: Strawberry Compote

This festive season, you’re going to wow with our delicious home-made strawberry compote cheesecake.

NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE

What we’re making: Strawberry Compote

This festive season, you’re going to wow with our delicious home-made strawberry compote cheesecake.

NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE

What we’re making: Strawberry Compote

This festive season, you’re going to wow with our delicious home-made strawberry compote cheesecake.

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”!

YOU WILL NEED

QUANTITIES OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x Patisserie, New York Style Cheesecake
  • ½ x cup cold water
  • 3-4 x cups of chopped strawberries
  • ½ x cup castor sugar
  • 1 x tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 x tsp. corn starch, dissolved into 2 x tbsp of cold water
  • Sugar canes and sugar gold balls (one of each for each slice)

METHOD

How to make your strawberry compote:

  1. Place a medium pot, on medium heat.
  2. Add your 3 cups of chopped strawberries
  3. Add ½ cup cold water.
  4. Add ½ cup castor sugar.
  5. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract and stir until sugar has dissolved. Let it boil 5 to 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool.

In the meantime prepare the cornstarch.

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of water to 2 teaspoons of corn starch. Mix well. Use cold water, not hot.
  2. Once the strawberries have cooled down, add the cornstarch mixture and stir. Turn on to medium heat, stirring continuously until your mixture has thickened. You’ll still need to stir occasionally otherwise it will catch at the bottom of your saucepan and then good luck trying to clean that! You’ll know it’s done when the mixture starts to have a jam-like consistency. About 4 to 5 min.
  3. Turn off the heat. Now add two tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest and give it one last mix and set aside.

Allow to cool down before you store it in a glass jar or before you serve it. If you top the compote whilst still warm it will melt down the cheesecake and another meltdown we really don’t need! I think we’ve all had enough meltdowns in the last two years, thank you very much!

  1. Ok, so now dress this baby. Bring out Patisserie’s New York style baked cheesecake which you’ve thawed.
  2. Now spoon on the magic. A little at a time, and please don’t drown the cheesecake, this isn’t Cluedo.
  3. To add some additional festive cheer, add a sugar candy cane onto each slice and a golden sugar ball. You can also use sweets or chocolate balls.

And whatever compote sauce you have left, in a jar and in the fridge it goes. It’s delicious on your breakfast toast or that little mid-afternoon teatime scone indulgence!

And you’re ready to serve. Your festive get together just got a lot more cheerful. Minimum effort, with maximum results.

Now let’s eat everyone. Tea, cake, laughter and togetherness…that’s what we’re serving at this table this festive season.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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