Yeah… it was Mr Drapers birthday!!! Hooray for him!!! May he be spoiled with gifts, laughter and friendship on this particular day and everyday thereafter!
I wanted to make him a cake for his party… so my question to him was “Lemon, cheese or chocolate?” (obviously referring to the type of cake I would offer)… and he grinned and said “CHEESE!!!”… so I knew that I had to pull out the big guns and make something super fabulous (just like him)!
I found this recipe in my stack of *recipes I must try* from the BBC Good Food Magazine (July 2012 issue) and it looked so pretty in the picture that I knew that this was IT!!
(my little electric beater died in the making of this cheesecake… RIP)
Berry Mallow Cheesecake
7 sheets leaf gelatine
500g berries (they recommend strawberries)
140g caster sugar
300ml double cream
400g pink & white marshmallows (snipped into quarters)
175g cold butter, chopped
200g plain flour
85g caster sugar
sunflower oil for greasing the tin
- to make the shortbread base, rub butter, flour and sugar together to make a sticky dough (either by hand or food processor)
- Press evenly into a non-stick springform tin and smooth with the back of a metal spoon
- Prick holes with a fork and bake for 25-30min at 160C until pale golden colour.
- Leave to cool, then grease the sides of the tin
- To make the filling, soak the gelatine in cold water for a few minutes to soften
- Puree the berries in a food processor or with a hand held blender until very smooth and rub through a sieve to remove any seeds.
- Pour the milk into a small pan and warm gently.
- Squeeze the gelatine of excess water and add to the milk
- Remove from the heat and stir to dissolve.
- Stir the berry purée, gelatine mixture, ricotta and sugar together until smooth
- in a separate bowl, whisk the cream until it softly holds its shape, then fold in the berry mixture with three-quarters of the marshmallows
- Carefully pour into the cooled base and scatter over remaining marshmallows.
- cover the tin with cling wrap and chill until firm (preferably overnight)