This is definitely one of the recipes that just can’t go wrong. And it is always a success with a great entrance. Ready to be served within less than two hours therefore perfect if you are expecting unexpected guests :)
- 100 gr unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 250 gr digestive biscuits
- 300 gr blueberries or any berries, if blueberries are not available or you just simply do not like them
- 250 gr caster sugar plus 5 tbsp extra
- 600 gr cream cheese ( Philadelphia or Lidl’s equivalent, whichever you prefer, I tried both and were fine)
- 250 gr mascarpone
- 3 large eggs plus 1 yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp plain flour, sifted
- fresh lemon juice, a squeeze
Preheat the oven to 180C. Now crush the biscuits until they turn into crumbs, I always use a food bag and a rolling pin. In the meantime melt the butter in a pan, but make sure it does not turn brown. Add crumbs to the pan. Remove from the heat and stir until they are coated in butter. Then press the crumbs into the base of the tin. Now place your berries in a processor, add 5 tbsp of sugar and whizz until smooth. Very often I use a bowl and a blender. Once smoothed, put the mixture into a small pan and boil until jammy. During the winter when I usually use frozen berries, it is hard to get this mixture thickened easily so then I add a few spoons of berry jam- helps it to set. Boil for around 10 minutes.
Now place the remaining sugar and eggs, soft cheese, mascarpone, vanilla essence, four into a bowl and mix until smooth and well combined.
Pour the cheesy mixture onto the biscuit base and smooth the top. Now drizzle the berry jam and make swirls by drawing a skewer (or a chopstick) through the mix. In the meantime boil a kettle. Place your tin with a cake onto a tray. Now pour the boiling water to come halfway up the tin. This prevents from cracking. Cheesecake is ready to go into the oven for 40 minutes. Once it is set turn off the oven and open the door slightly. After 30 minutes remove the sides of the tin and let it cool for another 30 minutes.
I always have some berry jam left which I then use as a compote and serve it along with my cheesecake.
Please do try it because you and your loved ones will love it! And this marble effect always looks impressive! :)