‘De-constructed’ Strawberry Cheesecakes

Describing an item of food as ‘de-constructed’ is a rather strange thing to do. In my eyes, prefixing something with ‘de-‘ suggests that it was constructed in the first place. Yet, if that were the case, the entire world of food bloggery would be a far messier place. Still, since ‘deconstructed’ is an accepted term in these parts it shan’t be done away with. Instead, let my protestation regarding its use be officially and permanently recorded. Besides, despite all of this pernickety prosing on the suitability of a single word, it does produce a rather stunning dessert.

No-bake cheesecakes are rather different from their denser, baked counterpart. The texture, which is reminiscent of a mousse, lends itself tremendously well to spring/summer fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Feel free to replace the strawberries, since the base recipe is all-encompassing. However, it is important to remember that bromelain is instrumental in the breaking down of gelatine. As such, it is necessary to avoid using uncooked pineapple, figs, guava, ginger root, papaya and mango. Though, I’m unsure of its effect on vegetarian gelatine.

The simplicity of this dish certainly belies its handsome good looks. It really is a case of merely mixing it all together. However, this recipe, like another of my recent posts, emerged, like a phoenix, from the ashes of failure. Originally, I attempted to make these cheesecakes sans gelatine, a method which proved to be catastrophic to their consistency. Something which surprises me a little is the fact that I don’t get so frustrated at failure any longer; it is evident that a trial run isn’t the most detestable occurrence.

De-constructed Strawberry Cheesecakes

Makes 4-6

Ingredients:

• 450g cream cheese, not an expensive brand

• 150ml double cream

• 4 gelatine leaves, or equivalent

• 50g icing sugar

• 250g strawberries, extra for decoration

• 2 digestive biscuits, crumbled

Method:

1. Place the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Beat the cream cheese in a bowl until soft. Sift in the sugar and stir thoroughly. Heat the double cream gently before adding the soaked gelatine, remember to squeeze it of any excess water. Simmer for 2 minutes, until the gelatine has dissolved. Stir the cream into the cheese, blend the strawberries and add those too. Transfer to vessels of one’s choice and chill for an hour.

2. After the hour is up crumble a little of the digestive biscuit onto the top of the cheesecake, top with half a strawberry.

Cost: This absolutely wonderful dessert comes in at a surprisingly low price. The cost of cream cheese is extremely low and this pulls the cost right down. Don’t use mascarpone, it is a waste. The cost of the entire confection should be roughly £2.60. Enjoy!

102 thoughts on “‘De-constructed’ Strawberry Cheesecakes

  1. Amy

    Yummy! These sound delicious. It’s funny we bloggers sometimes have the same them going in our heads. I blogged about cheesecake yesterday too. This looks divine!

  2. Janis

    awesome! and i love those tea cups! this would be a nice detail to the mad hatter’s tea party i’m planning for my daughter’s birthday. thanks for the idea.

  3. Big Hungry Gnomes

    Your strawberry cheesecakes look absolutely beautiful and I imagine they are equally delicious. I love the idea of serving them in vintage teacups, particularly if they were a charity shop/ thrift store bargain (depending on which side of the Atlantic you are). Thanks for sharing the great recipe

  4. baconbiscuit212

    So pretty! Strawberry cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts. What a lovely idea to deconstruct it and serve it in a tea cup. Those are some beautiful looking berries, Frugal. You always get such nice ones on your side of the pond!

  5. Marina@Picnic at Marina

    What I like about your blog is measurements!!! Yes, it’s in a metric system and I can understand it much better than “cups, spoon, etc.” Following your recipes is a delight: everything comes out good and tasty (so far at least). Thank you! :)

  6. Just A Smidgen

    Love your instruction regarding the destruction of the constructed dessert.. It’s remarkable in its deconstruction :) such a pretty creation today.. A cup of spring I think.. And I would have happily had a spoonful or two or your first “failure” I bet it tasted fabulous as well!

  7. debjani

    Last night on Top Chef Canada, one of the contestants had to do a de-constructed cheesecake. It didn’t look anything close to as good as it looks here.
    Nice finding your blog here!

  8. Willow

    Haha – I agree with your sentiments on ‘de’constructed foods. These cheese cakes reallya re beautifully ‘constructed’, though! I love the little single-servings, as well. :)

  9. lambyknits01

    Yum! You’re right on that “deconstructed” remark – too funny! I love “cheater” recipes, and I could make this now if I had gelatin in my pantry. Thank you for sharing :)

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