Here is my lifesaver. Well, more like the dessert-after-a-barbecue rescuer. I had friends coming over for a barbecue and was well ahead with the planning. Everything had been made, ready to cook or serve. Considering how tardy I usually am, when it comes to preparations for entertaining, I was feeling smug today. For dessert, I had originally decided and baked a cake, which, due to a temperamental oven, cooked too quick, burning the sides before the middle was done. I thought I could wing it, but then, the middle collapsed on me. With three hours to go before people started arriving, I was in full blown hysterics; arms flapping, cursing under my breath and my mind going completely blank. What in the world, was I going to conjure up in three hours? What?
In the middle of this solo performance drama, Lil Lassie sauntered into the kitchen, asking for toast spread with cream cheese. I mechanically obliged her request, and then, as I was spreading the cheese, I remembered dimly, of a quick fix cheesecake recipe in Nigella’s app. Thrusting the plate into Lil Lassie’s hands, I made a mad dash for the iPad, gave the touch screen’s durability a run for its money, and found this gorgeous, easy, time saving, barely-a-recipe, recipe. To say I was relieved, is an understatement. My hysterical shouts of joy while clutching to the iPad, in case it should disappear in a puff of smoke, had the kids running to see what happened to mummy now!
These dinky sized beauties can be whipped up in fifteen minutes. And that’s while swatting at the hand of LilLoon, who was bent on pinching the juicy berries. He wasn’t too happy with me……….tough. It needs very little time to set and gives you all that you expect and want from a cheesecake, without the heavy richness. The cream mix was lush, smooth and tangy, infused with the scent and taste of lemons, a perfect balance for the nubbly Hobnobs (it was all I had, and better for it, I think). The tart berries were a perfect accompaniment, along with the shards of dark chocolate I had sprinkled on top.
My guests enjoyed them thoroughly. The tray holding these jewelled topped glasses, were carried through serenely, as if it were the plan all along. The chat went quiet and all you could really hear was the clinking and scraping of the spoons against the glass. It was a fitting end to a great night, despite the wobbly middle bit!
I would seriously recommend you have this recipe in your repertoire, for the taste and sheer ease of preparation. For midweek guests, as a backup plan, easy entertaining, or for when the fancy takes you. I have never made an easier pudding. And it feels like anything, but a cheat.