Eton Mess Cheesecake {Laura Ashley Blog Feature}

So a few weeks ago, the lovely people from Laura Ashley contacted me to see if I would like to create a recipe to be featured on their blog. I’ve been really busy with exams, college and with lots of other bits and bobs that I haven’t had enough time to blog and share my recipes and tell you this amazing news. Also, a few days ago I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy my own domain, so you will probably notice this blog address is now whatjessicabakednext.com! But now I’ve finished for the whole Summer I will now be able to post a lot more frequently (which I hope is great news for you!). But back to this post, in particular I was asked to develop a recipe that was an English classic. So as I love dessert, cheesecake and Summer, my most favourite dessert sprung straight to mind. Eton Mess is possibly the most quintessentially ‘English’ dessert out there- so I knew it would fit the bill perfectly. Luscious, fresh Summer berries mixed with whipped cream and crumbled meringue. If that doesn’t sound like the most perfect dessert, then I don’t know what does! And as I’m the world’s biggest cheesecake fan, it thought it would be fun to combine my two favourite desserts. This cheesecake tastes amazing, it’s light, summery and very decadent with the fruit and meringue topping. And a definite popular dessert recipe for any occasion. Enjoy guys!

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I’ve used my favourite baked cheesecake recipe. I like to use ricotta in the cheesecake mix and I’ve also added some lemon zest and juice to give the cheesecake extra Summer-y flavour. A crumbly, sweet digestive biscuit base is followed by a smooth, creamy layer of lemony ricotta mix and then topped off with a drizzle of fresh raspberry sauce, crumbled meringue and chopped fresh strawberries. This recipe is great for any occasion and it’s sure to be enjoyed by anyone who tries a slice. Also, the ‘traditional’ Eton Mess uses either raspberries or strawberries, but as I LOVE both fruits I decided to combine both into this amazing dessert!

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CHEESECAKE

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Ingredients- 

Base-

250g of digestive biscuits, crushed

100g of unsalted butter, melted

Filling- (Note: have both cream cheeses at room temperature)

600g of full-fat soft cream cheese

250g of Italian ricotta

3 large free-range eggs

Zest from 2 large lemons + juice from 3

200g of caster sugar 

Raspberry coulis-

300g of frozen or fresh raspberries

1 heaped tbsp of icing sugar

2 tbsp of each lemon juice and water

(To make coulis- place all ingredients listed in saucepan, boil for 5 minutes, then pass through a sieve into a bowl. Cover and place in fridge for a few hours or overnight to thicken). 

To decorate-

Fresh strawberries, sliced- I used approx. 300g of strawberries

Crumbled meringue pieces- use as much as you like

Method- 

1. Start by making the base: Crush the biscuits until you have fine crumbs- you can do this in a food processor or in a disposable bag with a rolling pin. Mix the biscuit crumbs into the melted butter. Press down into a 23cm springform cheesecake tin and make sure it’s really well compact. Place in the fridge whilst you make the filling.

2. For the filling: Mix the ricotta, cream cheese lemon zest and juice, eggs and caster until you have a really smooth mixture. Carefully pour the filling on top of the chilled base. Before baking, fill a deep baking dish with boiling water and place at the bottom of your oven. Bake at 140 degrees C Fan for 1 hour 10 minutes. Once baked, the cheesecake should be set around the outside, but should still have a slight wobble in the centre.

3. Then turn off the oven, leave the oven door open a little and allow the cheesecake to cool to room temperature. Once fully cooled, cover with some tin foil and place in the fridge to finish setting overnight- this is the vital step to stop the cheesecake top from cracking.

To serve: Once the cheesecake has set overnight it will even more well set and will cut a lot easier- I serve the cheesecake with some raspberry coulis. Then top with strawberries and crumbled meringue.

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My Top Tips-

  • Always fill a baking dish with boiling water and place at the bottom of your preheated oven. This creates a steamy environment in the oven and the cheesecake will bake more evenly.
  • Once the cheesecake has cooked for the full amount of time, turn off your oven, leave the cheesecake inside with the door ajar. It will slowly cool down to room temperature and won’t crack on top- never put a warm cheesecake straight in the fridge.
  • When decorating, top with the sauce, crumbled meringue and strawberries just before serving. *Note*: the cheesecake can be made in advance and left in the fridge completely covered for 2 days before decorating with the toppings.

Enjoy this recipe everyone, and do pop over the Laura Ashley Blog to find this recipe! I’ve got some amazing recipes lined up for you all, so watch out for those in the coming weeks!

 

jess

 

No-Bake Ferrero Rocher Cheesecake

This cheesecake is so easy to make and it tastes heavenly! It has a gorgeous buttery biscuit base, with a creamy mousse filling which is speckled with chopped Ferrero Rocher and is topped with a layer of Nutella and decorated with roasted hazelnuts. A very decadent dessert that’s perfect for simply any occasion. The only difficult part of this recipe is waiting for the cheesecake to set, but once you’ve had a slice of it you’ll find it really hard to stop eating it!

 

(Serves 10-12)

Ingredients:

Biscuit Base:

300g digestive biscuits

140g butter

Cheesecake Filling:

500g full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature – leave it out at room temperature for an hour to soften

85g icing sugar, sifted

300ml double cream, chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

5 Ferrero Rocher chocolates, roughly chopped

Decoration:

4-6 (heaped) tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), for spreading or drizzling

25g chopped roasted hazelnuts

Ferrero Rocher chocolates – how many you want, I decorated with another 5

Method:

  1. To make the cheesecake base: Melt the butter in a small saucepan or in a microwave. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Add the melted butter and mix until well combined. Tip the biscuit crumbs into a 23cm springform cake tin and press down until compact and firm. Use the back of a spoon or glass to smooth over, place in the fridge to chill whilst you make the filling.
  2. To make the cheesecake filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese with the icing sugar until smooth. In another mixing bowl whisk together the cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mix. Finally, fold through the chopped chocolates.
  3. Spoon over the biscuit base and smooth over with a spatula or palette knife. Cover and leave the cheesecake to chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  4. Once the cheesecake has set, place the chocolate hazelnut spread in a small saucepan and melt over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until runny – be careful not to boil the Nutella or get it too hot.
  5. Allow the Nutella to cool slightly before spreading or drizzling over the top of the cheesecake. Finish by decorating with the remaining chocolates and some chopped roasted hazelnuts. Serve chilled. Cheesecake will store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can add more chopped Ferrero Rocher to the cheesecake filling.
  • If you like your cheesecake sweeter, feel free to add more icing sugar to the cheesecake filling. I recommend adding around 150g instead of 85g. Check by tasting and adding more until it reaches your desired sweetness.
  • For the Nutella topping, I typically use 4-6 heaped tablespoons of Nutella. I find using 6 heaped tablespoons makes the topping easier to spread and makes sure there’s enough to completely cover the top.

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This recipe of mine was proudly featured in BBC Good Food magazine May 2014 and also available on BBC Good Food website.

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Enjoy!

jess

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