Food, Recipes

Cherry Mascarpone Mini Cheesecakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pack chocolate sandwich biscuits
  • 25g butter, melted
  • 200g frozen pitted cherries
  • 45g icing sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 40ml double cream
  • Fresh cherries, to serve

METHOD

Place the biscuits in a food processor and blitz to form a fine crumb (reserving a little to decorate and serve). Stir through the melted butter and spoon the crumb equally between 4 x Le Creuset Glacé mini ramekins. Using the back of a spoon, press into the base of the ramekins. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.

In the meantime, make the cheesecake mix. Starting with the cherry compote, put the frozen cherries, 30g icing sugar, mixed spice and a squeeze of lemon juice in to a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for 5 – 8 minutes until the fruit has reduced to a thick, jam-like consistency. Leave the compote to cool completely.

In a separate bowl, mix the mascarpone, cream and remaining icing sugar until smooth. Reserve a spoonful of this mixture for serving later. Pour the cooled cherry compote into the mascarpone cream and mix together until fully combined.

Remove the ramekins from the fridge and divide the mixture equally between each pot. Place back in the fridge to chill and set for at least 1 hour.

When ready to serve, remove the mini cheesecakes from the fridge 5 minutes prior to decorating. Spoon a little of the reserved mascarpone cream on to one side of each cheesecake, top with a fresh cherry and finish with a little sprinkling of the reserved biscuit crumb.