Strawberry Cheese Cake

strawberry cheesecake
my home made strawberry cheesecake

You can use pretty much any (semi)sweet cookie you like for the base, I use whatever is on hand, this time it was chocolate biscuits. 

Although I haven’t tried, I could imagine this working well with a variety of fruits, raspberries, blueberries, mango. The sky is the limit. 

If you want a vegan version, you could probably substitute the gelatin with agar agar, allthough I have not tried this myself! 

12 white gelatine leaves or 18 gr/.7 oz gelatine powder
200 gr/2 cups of crumbled graham crackers or cookies of choice
100 g/1,5 cups unsalted butter
3 tbsp butter
500 g strawberries
juice of 1orange
500 g/2,5 cups of 0% cream cheese
200 g/2 cups white or light brown muscovado sugar
250 ml/1 cup heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
4 tbsp strawberry jam

9” springform pan (mine was 24 cms)
Blender or food processor 

Soak the gelatin leaves in a bowl of cold water for about 5 min. 

Crumble the biscuits. either by hand in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, or in a food processor.

Melt the butter and mix in the cookie crumbs. Lightly grease the spring form and spread out the crumb mixture; press down tightly. The back of the cup measure works well for this. 

Wash and hull the strawberries, and puree 300 gr in a blender or food processor. 

Gently heat the orange juice in a pan on the stove. 

Squeeze most of the water out the gelatin leaves and add them (off the heat) to the orange juice. Stir well until completely dissolved and set aside to cool for a bit. 

Beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. 

In a bowl, stir together the cheese, orange juice/gelatin mixture, strawberry puree. Add the whipped cream and cut through the cheese mixture until just combined. 

Pour onto the crumb base in the springform and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or until set. If you are in a hurry put it in the freezer for 1 hour to give it a head start and remove to the fridge to finish setting. 

For serving: slice the remaining strawberries and place on top of the cake. Gently heat the strawberry jam with the water in a small pan and generously brush the strawberries on the cake with it. 

Slice and enjoy! 

You can use pretty much any (semi)sweet, dry cookie you like for the base, I use whatever is on hand, this time it was chocolate biscuits. 

Although I haven’t tried, I could imagine this working well with a variety of fruits, raspberries, blueberries, mango, the sky is the limit. 

If you want a vegan version, you could probably substitute the gelatin with agar agar, allthough I have not tried this myself! 

strawberry cheesecake
strawberry cheesecake

Work-in-Progress Wednesday | Reagan & The Beast

When I wrote about working on Intersect last week, I was actually suffering from “almost-nothing-on-the-needles” syndrome. It’s a bad thing, especially when working on something that needs full concentration. One of my favourite pastimes is binge-watching Netflix while knitting, otherwise known as “knitflixing”. It’s a thing amongst knitters, believe me. Intersect and Netflix however, do not gell. At. All. The only thing I can manage to watch while knitting those cable charts is the weather report and that gets old fast.

This means that Intersect is actually Work. As in, not mindlessly relaxing, but once you get into the flow it’s enjoyable nonetheless. It requires brain cells, and mine are sometimes incapacitated by a thick fog.

So what was needed was a mindless knitting project that could be done when Intersect was too much for my brain to handle, and Netflix was beckoning. In the past, I have been known to have multiple projects on the go at any given time. Every knitter has his or her ideal number of WIP’s, right?
My WIP list used to look something like this (or multiples of this)

  • 1. simple stockinette in the round (not too big so can travel to doctors office)
  • 2. something with a bit of lace or colour for when my lucid moments
  • 3. a fresh cast on, preferably a test to give me a deadline
  • 4. a shawl (this is recent, I never used to dig shawls much, but things have changed!)
  • 5. sleeves. (no socks, no please no socks but Sleeve Island is never far)

On any given moment these 5 would be on rotation, #1 (most likely a sweater body) would be finished; #3 (the fresh cast on) would progress past sleeve separation and morph into the #1 spot. #2 and #4 might occur in the same project, no problemo. And sleeves, well there is always at least one, right?

Lately, however, I have found myself finishing. all. the. things. And not casting on something new. And when you do that often enough, you end up with just The Beast to knit. Said Beast grew into a bolero with 2 sleeves (yay) last week, which left me with nothing mindless to knit. Because cables.

After much to-ing and fro-ing I decided to uproot my entire queue and careful planning and finally cast on that eternal dream: a black lace cardi. Now since black lace cardis come in many different guises and there’s only a fine line between coolness and rocking your gran’s style, I chose a pattern that has been on my wishlist since the day it was published.
Reagan by Isabell Kraemer

© Isabell Kraemer
© Isabell Kraemer

Imagine this in black and presto: UTTER coolness if ever I saw it. Wear it upside down, sleeves folded, I mean come on! Even in black you couldn’t look like your gran if you tried!

As luck would have it, I also had the original yarn in stash in black. Kismet I tell you. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
Anyway, Garnudsalg Blackhill CottonWool is the original yarn, and it’s definitely in my top 3 of all time favourites, because: non-itchy, non-scratchy, great colours, and works fabulously at a multitude of gauges.

Approx. 230 meter/50 gram (mine is still the old 100 gr.)
2½ – 3 -3½ mm needles
Approx. 22-28 stitches per 10 cm
50% merino & 50% cotton for a dreamy 4-season cardigan.

Looks pretty unassuming maybe, but trust me it’s a workhorse. 

Blackhill Cottonwool
© Monique Heijboer

Reagan calls for a provisional cast on with 2 cables, and although I have used that cast on and liked it, I decided to try out a new one named COWYAK by the unsurpassed Techknitter. Talk about a rabbit hole of knitting tips and tricks. My go to source for all knitting woes. 

So off I went and it’s seriously as easy as pie. Another thing learned which I love doing with every new project. Try to learn something I did not know. Check.

Reagan by Isabell Kraemer
© Monique Heijboer

As of yesterday evening, the mindless part has almost been completed, meaning I have 2 sleeves, held together by the back/shoulder piece and I am about to embark on the lace part. Nice and mindless.

Reagan
©Monique Heijboer

How did I progress on Intersect you ask? Ask me again next Wednesday. In the meantime I am crossing off my Netflix to-watch-list.

Happy Humpday fellow knitting enthusiasts.

Monique