17 June 2012

Deep Strawberry Cheesecake

 

I have been working as a Scotty Brand girl now for a few months and I have been waiting for this moment. It  is strawberry season and so I received the most fabulous gift. A whole tray of strawberries, nestled into their punnets.

I guzzle so many strawberries in the summer and I do like to buy Scottish strawberries. When I have time, I go to a local farm for my berries, but if time is short then I look out for Scottish strawberries like these in the supermarkets. One of the things I like about buying from the local farm is knowing my berries come from and supporting the local farmers and this holds true for Scotty Brand. My strawberries were grown by the Bruce family in Perthshire, just a hop and a skip from me. They have been growing strawberries since 1898.

Here are a few strawberry facts courtesy of Scotty Brand:
  • Eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. That’s 140% of our Recommended Daily Amount.
  • Strawberries can cleverly help whiten your teeth. The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.
  • They are full of ellagic acid that can help fight cancers.
  • They actively help reduce cholesterol.
  • Strawberries are rich in nitrate, which increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles by 7%, so they are the perfect pre-game snack.
  • A 100g serving of strawberries contains just 28 calories and no fat, which means they make the ideal tasty treat, even if you’re trying to lose weight.



I wanted to make a dessert that would really show of the flavour of the strawberries, so I decided to make a cheesecake. I made this before I headed off to Cyprus and it was glorious, but unfortunately a bit soft set. So if you are making it, I would recommend adding a veggie style gelatin or using less strawberries for a firmer set. To be honest, I could have eaten the strawberry cream with a spoon before it even got near the cheesecake.



Deep Strawberry Cheesecake
This is a creamy no-bake cheesecake, using the best of the seasons strawberries. It was a bit soft set, so I would recommend veggie style gelatine for a firmer set.
Ingredients
  • 13 digestive biscuits (graham crackers)
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 500g mascarpone
  • 300ml double cream
  • 600g strawberries
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few sprinkles, to finish it off
Instructions
1. Crush the biscuits in a bowl with the end of a rolling pin until they are fine crumbs, then mix in the melted butter. Pour the mix into a 20cm loose bottomed cake tin and press down firmly. Pop into the fridge until you need it.2. Whip up the mascarpone and double cream until thick. 3. Whizz the strawberries up with the sugar and vanilla, until smooth.4. Fold the strawberry mix into the cream until well combined, then pour over the biscuit base and return to the fridge for a good hour. 5. Top the cheesecake with a few reserved strawberries and sprinkles.note: although the cheesecake was delicious, it was quite soft set. Next time I make it I will add some veggie style gelatin for a firmer set, but you could cut down on the amount of strawberries added instead.
Details
Total time:
Yield: 1 cheesecake

 


Here are a few more strawberry recipes to tickle your taste buds:


I am submitting my cheesecake to Ren's Simple & In Season event. There is nothing more in season at the moment than strawberries. This month Simple & In Season is being hosted by How to Cook Good Food. If you would like to submit a recipe, you have until the 30th of June 2012.


I am also submitting my cheesecake to the June edition of Tea Time Treats. The topic is summer berries and it is being hosted this month by Kate over at What Kate Baked, who is Karen's co-host. If you would like to submit a tea time treat, then you have until the 28th June 2012.


Happy Strawberry Season everyone!

40 comments:

  1. oooh that really does look very very good!... I love a thick cheesecake and I love that strawberry and cream flavour that only real fresh strawberries will give you... Lovely stuff

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    1. It is a great combination. Hade a lovely thick strawberry and cream milkshake tonight, yum!

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  2. I love strawberries and have been eating them by the box! This cheesecake looks perfect for me - full of strawberries, cream and mascarpone - what's not to like? :)

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    1. I am the same, punnet after punnet, after punnet!

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  3. Fabulous cheesecake. I predict a houseful of strawberry stained faces!

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    1. It was happily scoffed, although it was a bit messy, very soft.

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  4. Beautiful cheesecake and there is no flavour like strawberries grow in this country.

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    1. They are indeed heavenly, well when you get a good batch, sometimes they are disappointing, but I have done well so far this year.

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  5. I loooooooooove strawberry in every form....this cheesecake looks perfect and inviting...

    http://anshu-mymomsrecipes.blogspot.in/

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  6. Thank you so much for entering this delightful recipe into TTT! I absolutely agree- no strawberry can match a locally grown one for superb taste!

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    1. I am glad that I managed to join in, I don't often manage to join in with many events these days :)

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  7. This is what I call a perfectly beautiful and seasonal cheesecake. What a wonderful idea and I bet it tastes divine! I am mad on cheesecake. Love the creamy topping and bicuitty crunchy combination.
    My strawberries are growing in the garden at the mo, but normally the mice like to take a few bites out of them as I always intend to net them but forget!
    Thanks so much for entering this delightful pudding into Simple and in Season xx

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    1. I grew strawberries in hanging baskets. You should maybe try that instead. They are growing again this year quite happily.

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  8. I love cheesecake - and I quite like it soft in texture :)

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    1. This was a bit too soft though, so I would use less strawberries if you are making it.

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  9. Looks fab! Strawberries are the best part of Summer, along with watermelon and sunshine of course!

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    1. You are so right Kerry. Come back tomorrow for my watermelon post.

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  10. This cake looks totally delicious!!! I should be cooking and baking the whole day, but who will eat it all?

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  11. You will just have to invite friends round if you make it Chris.

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  12. Bookmarked to definitely make as soon as we have enough strawberries in the garden, looks totally divine! Thanks, Louisa

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  13. What a gorgeous cheesecake, Jacqueline! I am drooling all over the keyboard. :) I've never made a strawberry cheesecake, but it's on my list now. What a perfect summer dessert. Loving the strawberries right now and weren't you lucky to get a box of them?

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    1. Very, very lucky Barbara. Remember to follow my tips for a firmer set, if you are making it.

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  14. honestly this looks SO divine! full of flavor - I've never eaten a Scottish strawberry - sad! I bet they are wonderful.
    Mary x

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    1. They are good Mary and our. Raspberries are amazing.

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  15. I love strawberries, and I can't wait to dig into our local berries! Your dessert looks FANTASTIC!!! I really like the fact that it's "no-bake" too! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

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    1. Hope you try it Mary, but remember mine came out very soft. Less strawberries or veggie gelatin are the key.

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  16. I'll bet that cheesecake with marscarpone cheese is totally velvet. I loved the nutritional information on strawberries.

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    1. I know, I thought the info was interesting too :)

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  17. Oh my gosh it looks absolutely delicious!

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  18. I don't know that I have made a no bake cheesecake since I've been veg - the gelatin issue always is a bit of a challenge - have never found a veg gelatin - these things seem easier to find in the uk

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    1. I know, but if you made this one with a lot less strawberries, it would hold without the gelatin. There was so much juice in the strawberries that it made it quite soft.

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  19. What a gloroius, rich & fabously looking appetizing wtrawberry cheesecake!
    MMMMMMMMM,...Looks amazing!

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  20. OH NO! I nearly missed your GREAT Tea Time Treats entry and as a fellow Scotty Blogger, I would have been devastated if all this was eaten before I got here! LOVELY entry for TTT and a GREAT use of those FAB Scotty Strawberries too! Karen

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  21. I'm ever so sorry for missing your excellent entry off the first round-up, here is a second round-up:

    http://whatkatebaked.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/june-tea-time-treats-round-up-ii.html

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