Fresh Cream Cheesecake with Summer Berries

This crustless cheesecake with soft sweet berries is the perfect summer pud.

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyMedium

For the cheesecake

450g cream cheese, at room temperature
240g icing sugar, sifted
Zest of 1 lime (about 1 tsp)
Juice of 2 limes (about 80ml)
1 tbsp vanilla pod paste or vanilla extract
590ml double cream

For the berries

250g fresh blueberries
80ml water
2 tbsp caster sugar
125g halved or sliced fresh strawberries
125g fresh raspberries
1/2 lime

For the cheesecake:

Line a medium (about 23-cm wide) sieve, fine strainer or colander with a double layer of damp cheesecloth and set over a bowl.

Beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar, lime zest and juice and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl and beaters as needed.

In another bowl, beat the cream until it holds a stiff peak. Stir about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten the cream cheese. Gradually fold in the remaining whipped cream to make a light mousse. Transfer the mixture into the lined sieve, fold the cheesecloth over the top and press gently. Cover and refrigerate to drain for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.

To serve:

Just before serving, cook about half the blueberries in a small skillet with the water and sugar, over a medium heat, until the berries get juicy, about 8 minutes. Toss all the berries together in a large bowl, along with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Unwrap the cheesecake and invert onto a platter. (Discard the cheesecloth.) Use a large ladle or spoon to press a well in the centre of the cake. Spoon the berries into the well and drizzle the juices over the top or serve on the side. Serve a scoop of summer cheesecake with some of the fresh berries.

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