There is nothing quite like a fresh and perfectly jewelled strawberry cheesecake made with love. James, my right hand man, loves cheesecake and always requests this when given the choice.
Life is difficult and chaotic and overwhelming for most. I believe one of the kindest acts to show you care and appreciate another, beside simply reaching out or being there, is to feed them their favourite comfort foods.
James has been there for me. No excuses. No bullshit. No bias.
“Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment.” – Brené Brown.
We forget how much we need each other. And we forget how much we all need cheesecake. Everyone needs a constant star to navigate the storms. It is possible to thrive even though horror with enough kindness, loyalty, compassion and dependability.
This one goes out to James and his family. For all the Steady Eddie’s, or for all your brothers from another mother. This recipe is easy and requires no baking nor special skills.
Cheesecake For James
375ml double cream – whipped into a billowing cloud
2 teaspoons of vanilla bean paste
100g icing sugar – sifted
600g soft cream cheese
For the base
275g digestive biscuits – blend in a food processor, or beat in a bag violently with a rolling pin. Imagine the crumbs are any people who’ve let you down. No fucking cheesecake for you MFs.
120g unsalted butter – melted
Lightly grease a loose based tart tin with softened butter.
Blitz your biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Press the mixture into the tart tin fairly firmly and place in the fridge for an hour.
Meanwhile, whip your double cream with the vanilla and icing sugar until soft peaks appear. Don’t over-whisk or it’ll split when you introduce the cream cheese.
Swiftly whisk in the cream cheese until incorporated.
Even it all out with a palate knife and refrigerate for a few hours or ideally overnight.
Serve with fresh sliced strawberries and a simple strawberry syrup. I just use shop bought when in a rush.
Slow down to truly savour the first taste of this little life saver. You can thank James later. Take a moment to think hard about who and what is truly worthy of your time, heart and energy. Recalibrate. Believe in people again 🙌🏼❤️
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