The Winner is…. White Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake with Rhubarb & Strawberry Textures

… Enjoy the making as much as the tasting!

White chocolate vanilla cheesecake with rhubarb and strawberry textures

300g White chocolate

1 vanilla pod

200g cream cheese

2 leaves of gelatin

325g double cream

60g freeze dried strawberries

 

Melt the chocolate in a bain marie.

Soak the gelatin in cold water.

Mix the the cream cheese and vanilla and gently warm in a saucepan.

Add the gelatin to the cream cheese and remove from the heat.

Fold the chocolate into the cream cheese mix.

Lightly whip the cream and fold together.

You can pour the mix onto a traditional biscuit base in a tin, or fill tubes lined with acetate or pipe onto cling film and roll into cylinder

For the biscuit Base

125g digestive biscuits

55g melted unsalted butter

Biscuit base

  • Melt the butter in a saucepan
  • Then blitz the biscuits full speed for 30 seconds or break up with rolling pin to powder consistency.
  • Mix together biscuit powder and melted butter to get a crumble consistency. Leave in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm the crumble up.

Strawberry Gel

100g blitzed fresh strawberries

35g water

Icing Sugar to taste

1g Agar

  • Boil water in a saucepan.
  • Then add agar to the pan and re boil and whisk.
  • Next, add the strawberries and mix well.
  • Chill for 30 minutes, until set.
  • Blitz until smooth in a blender, full speed for 1 minutes, until smooth.
  • Transfer mixture to a piping bag ready to serve

Rhubarb

1 ½ rhubarb stalks

60g grenadine

Cut the rhubarb into 8cm lengths and then into batons, about 5mm thick.  Put 75 g granulated sugar and 200ml water in a small pan and dissolve over a medium heat. Add the grenadine and bring to the boil. Pour over the rhubarb and let it steep for 10–15 minutes until the rhubarb is just tender but still holding its shape. Remove the rhubarb with a slotted spoon and dry on kitchen paper. Simmer the liquor for 8–10 minutes to reduce by two-thirds. Set aside.

Strawberry balls

1) Scoop out with a melon baller (3 balls from each strawberry so 12 in total)
2) For the garnish
3) Micro green basil cress
To plate
1) Sprinkle a diagonal line of biscuit base across the plate
2) Remove the cheesecake from the cling film with scissors and roll in the strawberry crumb
3) lay the cheesecake on the biscuit base
4) On top of the biscuit base randomly decorate with the macerated rhubarb , strawberry gel and strawberry balls
5) pick the stalk off the basil cress and lay this at the top of the macerated strawberries to look like the green stem on a strawberry

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A productive morning foraging for seasonal goodies

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We do love the bounty of produce that the New Forest has to offer. Everything tastes a little bit better when it takes less than an hour from picking to producing. This morning as a trial run, we used these little leaves packing pungent flavour to make Wild Garlic Pesto, Delightful! … Although still lingering on my breath.

Happy 4th April

Finally we have reached the 4th April!

With last weeks taster now wrapped up its time for us to get our heads down and plan some stunning weddings for 2016! – If you didn’t get the chance to view our great chef and stunning presenter in action click on the Facebook icon to view, like and share our page.

We’re looking forward to a busy week of meetings and sampling some tasty delights from our kitchen, check out our blog at the end of the week for some sneaky peeks!

We will be exhibiting at wedding fairs across the year and look forward to discussing your wedding day ideals… Watch this space for updates…