Jake’s Vanilla and Berry Cheesecake

DessertServes 8

1. Lightly grease the sides of a round cake tin with a small amount of olive oil. 2. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for at least 5 minutes 3. Crush the biscuits and add the melted butter 4. Compact the biscuit as much as possible into the cake tin 5. Chop 12-13 strawberries in half and slot these around the sides of the cake with the flat side of the strawberries touching the side of the tin 6. Place the cake tin in the fridge to set the biscuit base 7. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pods and mix in with the cream cheese and caster sugar 8. Whip 300ml double cream 9. Heat 100ml of cream just before boiling point 10. Squeeze out as much water from the gelatine as possible and add to the hot cream. 11. Add the hot cream and gelatine mix to the cheese, vanilla and sugar mixture 12. Add the whipped cream and then fold into the mixture 13. Remove the cake tin from the fridge and add in the cheesecake mixture. 14. Use a spatula to create a smooth flat surface. 15. Place the cheesecake in the fridge and leave for at least 4 hours 16. When releasing the cheesecake from the cake tin, simply use a flat pointy knife and carefully go around the sides of the cheesecake 17. Lightly push down on the top of the cheesecake and slowly release the cheesecake 18. Decorate the top of the cheesecake with the rest of the berries however you like.


200g biscuit (digestives) 100g melted butter 1kg Cream cheese 150g caster sugar 3 vanilla pods 400ml double cream 5x small gelatine leaves 1 punnet of strawberries 1 punnet of berries (for example blueberries, blackberries or more strawberries!) A teaspoon of olive oil A round cake tin (interior dimensions width 24cm, depth 7cm) with a removable bottom