It’s the Oscars tonight, so #SundaySupper is throwing a Red Carpet Party, hosted by Katie of Ruffles and Truffles. Coming up with the perfect party food is no mean feat – it needs to be glamorous, easy to eat, and utterly delectable. Luckily, there are plenty of recips from the #SundaySupper group to see you through, from canapes to drinks. I’m offering mini strawberry and chocolate cheesecakes.
As soon as I saw the Red Carpet theme, I knew my recipe would have to involve chocolate and strawberries. For me, that simple combination instantly adds a little star quality to a dessert. But what would the dessert be? I wanted to do something a bit different to cupcakes, but something as easily pick up-able. So I hit on the idea of mini cheesecakes. After all, a red carpet party calls for something decadent, but you don’t want to overload on dessert. A sweet, individual cheesecake will hit the spot nicely.
As I don’t have any appropriately-sized, individual moulds, I wasn’t quite sure how they’d turn out, but actually, paper cases in a standard cupcake tin works wonders. I didn’t quite get the perfect roundness I’d seen during my pinterest perusals, but they were definitely mini cheesecakes. Plus, they’re wonderful to bake when you’re in a rush, as they cook and cool so much faster than a large cheesecake.
To add to the creaminess of the cheese topping, I used melted white chocolate instead of sugar – a tip I pinched from the wonderful Mary Berry. For the decoration, I used dark chocolate so that they’re slightly grown-up. rather than overly sweet. On a whim, I layered chopped strawberry pieces over the biscuit base to give an extra, surprise strawberry layer when you bite into it.
There are infinite different recipes for cheesecakes, using different quantities of cream and cream cheese; some use sour cream, others use ricotta, some use lots of eggs, some use very few. Then there are all the worries about cracking tops, flan-like centres… read through a few recipes, and cheesecakes become a minefield! The only secret is not to worry about any of that stuff. Yes, you might end up with a slightly different texture, but as long as you use a type of creamy cheese, mix it with a type of cream, and add the stabilizing power of at least a couple of eggs, it will turn out fine. With these mini cheesecakes, cracking tops are barely an issue anyway, but I left them to cool for a little bit in the oven anyway, as extra insurance. Then, it’s just a case of being patient and letting them chill for a good amout of time in the fridge, rather than digging in straight away, and you’ll get that creamy, silky, wondrous texture which makes people fall in love with cheesecake.
You can serve these mini cheesecakes drizzled with cream for a sit-down dinner party, or just have them on a serving plate, which people can help themselves to. Either way, it’s a simple, fuss-free dessert to round off your red carpet party in style.
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