Wednesday, 22 February 2012

One Apple, Two Blueberry Cheesecakes & Three A Trip to Lewes

It’s my friend’s birthday and she had special request for a baked cheesecake.
So, the night before I met her, I baked, not one but two small cheesecakes.

The recipe was actually for a 8” cake but we’re going to a historical & lovely town called Lewes.
It’s not a good idea to bring a giant 8” cake around.
The little cheesecake turned out great with simple arrangement of poached apples & my friend loved it :)
I cooked some blueberry jam & simply spread over the other cheesecake which I brought to my mum the next day when we had lunch together.

Lewes was an adorable town, full of antique shops, cozy cafe & cute crafts stores.
There is also a big flea market & it's like treasure hunting :)

Floral tea cups & saucers bought from Lewes.
Recipe (make two 6'' round):
140 g digestive biscuit crumbs
50 g unsalted butter, melted

Mix the ingredients & bake in an oven at 150C for 15 min.
After cooling, press into 6" springform pans.
Cheesecake Filling
200 g cream cheese
180 g sour cream
70 g sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 lemon, zest only & finely ground

Preheat oven to 170C & butter the pan.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Blend in sour cream, stir until smooth.
Sieve in cornstarch & mix well.
Sieve through the batter.
Add in the lemon zest, mix well.
Divide into the prepared pans & bake for 20 min, then leave to cool in the oven.
Earl Grey Tea Poached Apples
2 apples, peeled, cored & sliced
100 g sugar
200 ml water
1 teabag of earl grey tea

Combine water, sugar & tea bag in a pot, bring it to boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, add in the apple slices & cook for 5 min or until apples become soft.
Remove apples from the syrup & set aside for cooling.
Add 1/2 tbsp of corn flour to the syrup & cook until it thickens.
Remove from heating & set aside for cooling.
Blueberry Jam
150 g fresh blueberries
35 g granulated sugar
1/4 lemon, juice only

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan & cook until it thickens.
Remove cheesecakes from the pans.
Working from outwards, arrange poached apple slices in a rose shape & brush some syrup over the apple slices.
Spread the blueberry jam on top of another cheesecake.
Cool for 2 hours before serving


  1. You know, I have never baked anything for someone's birthday.... I find it too stressful and I worry about them not liking it...:) But I bet your friend was over joyed at this one.

    1. if friends like cheesecakes, can't go wrong with cheesecakes. give it a try when your friend's birthday is due, i'm sure they'll love it :)

  2. Oh I love BOTH cheesecakes! I can't pick which one is my favorite because they are absolutely gorgeous. I want to go to this kind of flea market to look for food props. I had never had a chance to look around to find something cheap but useful. :-)

    1. Hi Nami, both are my favourite fruits. I really like the flea market & it's fun wondering around to dig out something cheap :)

  3. Wow - those cheesecakes look amazing, especially the blueberry one...totally craving cheesecake now! :)

    1. both are great, these cheesecakes are very easy to make :)

  4. Hi Yue...i have made the lychee cheesecake and the crowd was raving for more... i am super keen to try out the blueberry cheesecake but as the crowd like "light cheese taste", would this be overpowering? Have bought baked cheesecake for them from starbucks and coffee bean..they find the taste too overpowering.. :_

    Hoping to wow the crowd with another of ur cheesecake receipe :)

    1. Hi there. Glad to hear you like my recipes of cheesecakes. This was made quite a while ago, you can give this a try since it's quite easy. I personally like chilled cheesecake as it's lighter like this one.



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