8 oz. cream cheese*, at room temperature (1 package, about 250gm)
8 oz. COLD whipping cream (1 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla essence
1/4 cup grinded/caster sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
*Make sure you use a GOOD QUALITY thick cream cheese, like Philadelphia or DairyBelle. Spreads will not work for this recipe as they are too light in consistency.
150gm digestive biscuits (about 13-15 biscuits)
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
85gm melted butter
2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen strawberries
1/3 cup sugar
1-2 tsp. cornstarch
1/3 cup water
red food coloring (optional)
Crush the digestives either in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a processor. Then add the cocoa powder and sugar, pulse or mix until combined. Add the melted butter and mix well.
Press in an 8″ spring form pan or individual serving bowls. Cover and chill the base in the refrigerator whilst you prepare the cheesecake filling.
Whip the cream until peaks form. Cover and refrigerate.
Add the sugar and lemon juice to the cream cheese. Mix well until the cream cheese no longer has any lumps and the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not rush past this stage, take your time.
Once the cream cheese is smooth smooth SMOOTH, get the whipped cream from the refrigerator and add it into the cream cheese. Add the vanilla. Now, using a whisk, mix the two until the mixture is smooth, stiff and thick. You can use an electric or hand mixer at this stage but be careful NOT to over-beat it as the whipping cream might curdle if you do that.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared crust, cover with cling film and allow to set, at least 5 hours but preferably overnight.
Now you can prepare the sauce.
Wash and hull fresh strawberries. If using frozen strawberries, thaw before using. Chop the strawberries into small pieces. Reserve a third of the chopped strawberries.
Mix water and cornstarch until dissolved, pour into a pan and add the strawberries and sugar. Simmer until the sauce thickens. Pour the sauce into a blender and blend until smooth, then pour it back into the pan.
Add the reserved third of chopped strawberries and simmer for another minute. Finally add the vanilla essence and some drops of red food coloring if you like.
Refrigerate until chilled before serving over your dessert.