Saturday, February 4, 2017

Jamie Oliver ~ Classic Berry Cheesecake

Yesterday, the Chinese celebrates 'ren re' (人日)  , meaning the common persons' birthday. It is the 7th day of Chinese New Year under lunar calendar and the Chinese will normally toss it with 'yu shang', the raw fish salad. While I prepared an easy mulberry cheesecake for my family instead of 'yu shang'. I am a happy happy baker after harvested 2 cups of fresh mulberries from my neighbour's mulberry plants yesterday. I finally came up with this gorgeous dessert, which inspired by Jamie Oliver's berry cheesecake.

And here's what I did.
Ingredients for pastry dough :
200gm  all purpose flour
100gm  cold butter, chopped
80ml  milk

Method :
(1)  rub butter with flour till fine crumb is formed.
(2)  then stir in milk to form a soft dough, knead till smooth.
(3)  wrap dough with plastic sheets or bag then keep chilled for 20 minutes or till set.
(4)  once its ready, flatten cold dough between two plastic sheets or silicon sheets to form a round disk.
(5)  finally, place shaped dough to a 7" baking tray. Then again keep chilled for 20 minutes before going into oven.
(6) now, place a piece of aluminium sheet over the dough in the tray and filled tray with one & a half cup of black soybeans.

(7) finally, bake at preheated oven 200'C for 20 minutes then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes.


Ingredients for cheesecake fillings :
400gm  cream cheese
150gm  icing sugar
4 small eggs
2 TB  all purpose flour
2 tspn   vanilla extract
2 cups  fresh mulberries

Method :
(1)  whisk together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, flour & vanilla till creamy.
(2)  now, pour batter to fill in the pastry crust then place in all the berries.
(3)  finally, bake at preheated oven 160'C for about an hour then 180'C for the last 10 minutes or till the top turns brown.
(4)  cool completely before keep chilled for an hour.

Note :  I personally prefer a firm cheesecake filling, so added in some flour. You may omit it.

My first attempt trying this kind of homemade crust. It's really really crispy and the filling is beautiful. Thanks to Jamie for the fantastic recipe. At the same time, I am wishing all my readers a very happy Chinese New Year and Gong xi fa cai. Best wishes from me & my family !

3 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

The cheesecake turned out really beautiful, Kristy. Those fresh mulberries look so GOOD!

Nammi said...

yummm, would love a piece of that!, we used to have a mulberry tree but back then had no idea it was mulberry and we were too busy just picking and eating straight from the tree :) hope your new year celebrations went well

joceline lyn said...

Happy new year and gong xi fat chai!!

This cheese cake look special and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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