Nothing beats a bowl of strawberries and cream as an easy summer dessert, except perhaps for this strawberries and cream cheesecake. YUM...I was thinking of including this in the Merry Christmix Too ebook, but given I was already at a count of nearly 40 recipes in that book and running out of time on a one day photo shoot, it ended up here! (And aren’t you just the lucky ones!!) You could possibly use the Basic Shortbread crust recipe from Keeping it Simple if you would rather not use the Walkers Shortbread biscuits. Just follow the full recipe including the baking, before beginnning this one! This should definitely go on your Christmix menu...(just sayin’)
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- 250 g strawberries, plus some more for garnish
- 2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar BUY
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 200 g butter shortbread biscuits
- 50 g butter
- Pinch Pink Salt Flakes BUY
- 150 g golden caster sugar
- 400 g cream cheese, cut in pieces
- 400 g sour cream
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp Vanilla - Bean Paste BUY
Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F).
Line a tray with baking paper and spread strawberries in single layer across tray. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and stir to coat strawberries. Roast approximately 1 hour or until strawberries are a dark red and you have a rich syrup. Cool completely. Increase oven temperature to 170°C (350°F).
Prepare a 21cm (8 inch) springform cheesecake tin by lining the base with baking paper and buttering the sides of the tin. Double wrap the tin with aluminum foil so that it is well sealed.
Place shortbread and butter into Thermomix bowl and mix 20 sec/speed 10. Press into prepared tin. Bake for 10 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.
Without cleaning bowl, place salt, sugar, cream cheese, sour cream, eggs and vanilla into Thermomix bowl and blend 40 sec/speed 8. Stop and scrape down sides of bowl and repeat until you have a lovely creamy consistency.
Remove approximately 1/3 of the mixture into a jug and set aside.
Add the roasted strawberries to the Thermomix bowl and blend 20 sec/speed 8.
Pour into the prepared base. Tap on the bench gently to level the mixture.
Dollop the plain mixture on top of the strawberry mixture and spread carefully with a spatula.
Place into the water bath and cook 60 minutes. The centre should still be a little wobbly when you shake the tin, but will firm up once cold.
If you wanted to steam this cheesecake in your Varoma, it is possible, fill Thermomix bowl with water to 1L mark and steam cheesecake for 60 min/Varoma/speed 3. To remove moisture from top of cheesecake, gently mop with a paper towel.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight, before serving garnished with additional strawberries.