Lizelle Solomon, winner of LANCEWOOD Cake-Off challenge has shared with Mzansi Life her winning Summer Berry Swirl cheesecake recipe with fresh figs and almonds.
25 Oreo chocolate biscuits
80ml/80g salted butter
40g ground almonds
750g LANCEWOOD Full Fat Cream Cheese (room temperature)
200ml LANCEWOOD Double Cream Plain Yogurt (room temperature)
185ml castor sugar
1tsp ml pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs
1/4 cup water
2 cups frozen summer berries
130ml castor sugar
Baby figs and fresh blueberries (dusted with Gold Dust)
Preheat oven to 180ºC and grease a 22 cm spring form tart pan. (Add silicone mat on the bottom to make it easier to remove after baking and baking paper on top.)
For the crust:
Grind the cookies, ground almonds and butter until smooth. Press the mixture firmly into the tart pan base and press down. Bake for 8 minutes at 180°C. Set aside and allow to cool down completely.
For the berry coulis:
Bring frozen berries, sugar, lemon juice, and water to boil. Simmer until thick and set aside to cool down.
For the filling:
Mix the cream cheese, yogurt, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a food processer until smooth. Place the cheesecake mixture in baking pan and spoon berry coulis on top, in the middle of the mixture. Use a knife to make patterns.
Bake for 15 minutes at 160 °C, turn down to 140° C and bake a further 45 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool in the oven for 1 hour. Chill overnight in the fridge and decorate with mini figs and gold dusted blueberries.