White Chocolate Cheesecake
with strawberry, pasionfruit & blueberry flavors
1 x cup cream
2 x tub cream cheese
2 x t spoons gelatin
3 x tbsp cold water
1 x cup white chocolate morsels
1 x cup washed strawberries
1 x cup washed blueberries
1/2 x cup passion fruit pulp
1 x cup sugar
Place cold water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over, let stand for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom and become sponge like.
In the mean time in a heavy bottom pot, add the cream and white chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted, is fully incorporated and smooth.
Once the gelatin has bloomed, add it to the cream mixture and stir in completely until it has dissolved and again, is fully incorporated.
Add the cream cheese to the cream mixture, remove from heat and stir until it is all mixed in.
This mixture can be poured into moulds, set in the fridge and in a few hours - voila, white chocolate cheesecake OR this is where the creativity comes in to play....
In a food processor add strawberries and 1/3 cup sugar (FYI, this is a way of making coulis and once blended and strained may be used to garnish any desserts, keep in a squeeze bottle in the fridge), blend and place in small sauce pan on stove at med temperature till the mixture begins to heat, stir constantly and remove from burner. The reason we heat the fruit is because particular fruit contain the enzyme BROMELAIN which prevents the gelatin from setting, by heating the fruit we kill the enzyme and alleviate the problem allowing the gelatin to set as usual.
In a separate bowl, add a 1/3 of the cheesecake batter and the strawberry coulis and mix well, place in desired moulds and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
Repeat this method with the remaining 2/3rds of cheesecake batter and 2 fruits.
I used pop rocks as my "base" but if you don't have and would prefer something more traditional, place a handful of graham crackers in a food pro and blend till they are crumbs.
Place the set cheesecakes on a plate and spoon the desired amount of graham cracker crumbs, garnish with fruit and enjoy!
There are so many versions of cheesecake.
Everybody has their own preferences - me, I prefer the one which is quick to make, delicious and extremely versatile.
The following recipe is just the platform, it's the "choose your own adventure" of cheesecake if you will. It can be served as the recipe stands or you can add flavors and mix it up. Pictured above, I split the cake batter 3 ways and added strawberry, passion fruit and blueberries, and served it as a cheesecake tasting plate.
As this is a gelatin set dessert, be aware of ingredients which prohibit it from setting, ie Ginger, Kiwi fruit, pineapple etc. It's not just the taste that you can alter to make this dish unique, it's the shape and presentation as well.
I used silicone moulds to create the dome look, steering clear of tradition. And instead of graham cracker base I used unflavored pop rocks. It's all about your interpretation and vision and I hope this helps get you there.