Monday, May 28, 2007

White Chocolate Cheesecake


Yesterday was Mother's Day here in Sweden, and we celebrated by inviting mom over for dinner. We had a great menu - shrimp salad with red onions, mango, lime and sweet chili sauce on nachos, grilled lamb with quinoa feta salad with pickled onions, and then this fabulous cheesecake. I combined a couple of recipes for it - the bottom is from Diane Mott Davidson's culinary mystery novel "Dying for Chocolate", and the filling is from the latest BBC Good Food magazine. The strawberries? All mine. Not local yet, but they were pretty good nonetheless.

The bottom is very crunchy and can be a little hard to cut, but super tasty and not very sweet. The filling is ultra-creamy and would also work well as a mousse - dollop into glasses, maybe layered with cookie crumbs, top with fruit...

White Chocolate Cheesecake

170 g unsalted butter
75 g pecans
170 g flour
1 tbsp powdered sugar

Melt the butter. Chop the nuts finely. Combine everything and spread into a buttered springform pan, lined with a round of parchment paper or cut out teflon sheet. (You can attempt to do this without lining, but I wouldn't dare.)

Bake at 175° for 22-25 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove and let cool completely in the pan.

200 g cream cheese
300 g white chocolate
25 g sugar
500 ml (2 cups) heavy cream (35-40% fat)

Melt the chocolate. Mix sugar and cream cheese and add the chocolate to this. Beat the cream until it holds soft peaks - don't overbeat it. Fold in with the rest. Pour into the pan, and smooth the top. Refrigerate for at least three hours.

500 g strawberries

Trim the strawberries to a fairly even size, and decorate the top of the cake.

Recipe in Swedish:
Vit chokladcheesecake med jordgubbar


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That cheesecake is the bees knees!

I am a fan of the BBC Good Food Magazine too!

browniegirl said...

I hope those 5 furry babies spoiled Mommy Anne on Mothers Day to say thank you for those huge cages of "freedom"!!
Stunning cheesecake Anne, white choc is my favourite. Thanks for sharing with me, Colleen :)

Anonymous said...

Anne, what a wonderful summer dessert. And it looks pretty easy to do. Our strawberries are ready to pick here, perfect timing.
I loved your outdoor cat room too. Our little boy has to settle for screens on open windows.

Anonymous said...

"Dying for Chocolate" is a gooooooooooood book!

Anonymous said...

It looks delicious Anne!

winedeb said...

Absolutely lucious looking! I miss having cheesecake as my hubby cannot have any milk products, as he has terrible allergies. I wonder if you could use goat cheese in a cheesecake ??? What do you think??? That is a milk he can somewhat handle.

Anne said...

Collywolly, funnily no, my gift must be.. in the mail? Although their purring selves is quite enough, nothing like kitty love :)

Outdoor cat room NOT working as we planned by the way, Ywette figured out how to jump on the window sill and onto the edge. Not good. So we have to get some kind of roofing for it before they can be there again. *sigh*

Deb - how about a non-lactose cream cheese instead? I actually just got a sample of one, from Finnish company Valio. I imagine goat's cheese would be quite flavorful - not necessarily in a bad way though.

Anonymous said...

I love your delicious recipe, could we publish it on our
Daily Recipe Blog?

We have every day a new recipe for: General recipes, Breakfast, Low Carb, Low Fat, Desert...
It would be so great to add yours!

Anne said...

Daily new! - no sorry, I don't allow re-publishings of my recipes or photos anywhere. Feel free to make it yourself and blog about it, of course. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Anne,

I receive your parcel today, thanks a lot for all these sweets !! I knew your blog and I like it !! your receipe are so ..." gourmandes " ,

Anne said...

Emilie - ooh, happy to hear it got there safely! Have fun! :)

Anonymous said...

That looks so delicious! Mmmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe, it seems easy to make and super yummy...