Strawberry Cheese Cake

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from: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1553/strawberry+cheesecake

The sponge biscuit and apple juice base is both different and delicious :)

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 250g pkt Unibic Sponge Finger biscuits
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 500g cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 large lemon, rind finely grated, juiced
  • 3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
  • 300ml pouring cream, lightly whipped
  • 375g small strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Method

  • Grease and line the base and sides of a 5.5cm deep, 22cm (base) springform cake pan. Dip biscuits, 1 at a time, into apple juice. Use to line the base of pan, cutting to fit.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon rind until smooth. Heat lemon juice and gelatine in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a fork until dissolved. Set aside to cool (gelatine and cream cheese mixtures must be at the same temperature before combining).
  • Using electric mixer on low, beat gelatine into cream cheese mixture. Fold in cream, mixing until combined. Spoon filling over base. Smooth surface. Refrigerate cheesecake for at least 4 hours or overnight until set.
  • Arrange strawberries, pointed end up, over cheesecake. Warm jam in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl for 45 to 60 seconds on HIGH (100%). Strain through a sieve. Drizzle warm jam over strawberries.
  • Chill for 30 minutes or until jam sets. Serve.