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Strawberry Mini-Cheesecakes…….sadly, not delivered by my neighbour.

October 17, 2012

When we were cool, before ‘burbs, we lived in apartment block called The Wroxton. It doesn’t quite have the same ring as Melrose Place, but that was kind of the vibe.

I had friends on the ground floor, and friends on the third floor, and my dear, dear friend Mrs Wilson on the fourth floor…..and of course, Anthony, the delightfully OCD, strata enforcer was on her floor also. I’ll get to Anthony another day but suffice to say that I had a great big soft spot for him, but not everyone in the building did.

Anyway, I’m not talking about strata enforcement, I’m talking about dessert delivery.

Every now and then after dinner, at about 8.30, there would be a little knock on my door, and the divine Mrs Wilson would be making a delivery.

‘I just thought you’d like a little Dark Chocolate Tart?’


‘I just thought you might like ย little Creme Caramel?’


‘I just thought you might little a couple of little Cheesecakes?’

I love our new house, and I love the space it provides for my family, and the garden with the vegetable patch and beautiful big South Australian Honey Myrtle that offers such gorgeous, dappled, shade. No, I don’t miss much about our old life, but I really, really bloody miss Mrs Wilson’s cheesecakesย , my friend, Mrs Wilson.

Seeing as my new neighbours are not the cooking kind, nor would I socialise with them even if they were (hate to be a snob but they are bogans in every sense of the word), I was simply forced to provide me with my own mini-cheesecakes. Mrs Wilson has since moved to Melbourne and the chances of her making a trip to give me some of that sweet, cheesy, biscuity joy is pretty damned slim-ola, so I had nowhere left to turn.

Yield : 20

What you will need :

For the base –ย 

  • Melted butter, for greasing
  • 1 250g pkt plain sweet biscuits (like Arnott’s Nice)
  • 125g butter, melted, cooled Icing sugar,to serve

For the filling –ย 

  • 2 x 250g pkts cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup thin cream
  • 1/4 cup strawberry or raspberry sugar-free jam (I like St Balfour, although this time I used my home-made strawberries left over from my Strawberry Yoghurt)

Preheat oven to 180C

Place cupcake patties into your muffin tins. You will need two tins.

Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely crushed. Add the butter and process until well combined.

Use the back of a teaspoon to press the biscuit mixture into the bottom of your cases. Place in the fridge while making the filling.

To make the filling, use your electric beaters to beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until the mixture is light and creamy. Add the lemon rind, lemon juice, egg yolks and cream. Beat until well combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.

Wash and dry your electric beaters or a hand whisk to whisk the egg whites in a medium mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Add to the cream cheese mixture and use a large metal spoon to gently fold until just combined.

Spoon mixture into prepared patty cases.

Heat your jam a little until it loosens and you place three dollops on each cheesecake. Use a skewer to swirl it through cheese mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden and just set in the centre. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to firm. Remove from the fridge 10 minutes before serving.

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  • Reply Our Adventure in Croatia October 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I’m putting up my hand and will volunteer to be your new virtual neighbour if you bring me delicious desserts like these, yummy !! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys October 17, 2012 at 8:18 am

      No, babe, you bring them to me…. Or we could alternate to be fair ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Reply Our Adventure in Croatia October 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

        mmmmhhhhh ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ oh well, it was worth a try…..

        • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys October 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

          Oh, alright then…. I’ll bring then to you. Can’t bear to see my new neighbor sad.

          Sent from my iPhone

          • Our Adventure in Croatia October 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

            result!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply empressnasigoreng October 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

    What a great neighbour to have?
    thanks for the recipe too. Do you think Arnotts Scotch Finger biscuits would work for the base. My kids are shockers for opening biscuit packets and then leaving them in the cupboard to go stale.

    • Reply empressnasigoreng October 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

      And excuse the whacky punctuation!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys October 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

      Yeah, sure. I used Granita type ones but a shortbread base would be delicious!

      Sent from my iPhone

      • Reply empressnasigoreng October 17, 2012 at 9:16 am

        Thanks. Will post if I end up making it. Meant to be on a diet.

  • Reply trialsinfood October 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

    these look awesome! can i be your neighbour? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Rachel Noel October 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Awe. I love stories about apartment communities. This reminds me of the quintessential neighbor friends series- Tales of the City. Those little cheesecakes are so perfect. Why haven’t they always come in tart form?

  • Reply Bunny Eats Design October 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    You know, bogans are people too. You may be surprised. They might even bake. Just kidding. Bogans aren’t people ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Gary Lum October 17, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    YUM. and then more YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

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