September 7, 2011 in Uncategorized
Splice A Slice Cheesecake is not without a history. Many years ago, back in the mid-80’s I was sailing in the Mediterranean when I met Christina who was on another yacht. We spent quite a time together in France and formed a great friendship. As is the nature of yachting, one boat leaves and another arrives, more friends are made, and more friends depart for other shores. It somehow though seemed as though Christina and I would again meet up in different places, sometimes months apart. Exchange experiences, catch up on things yachting, swap recipes often gleaned from other “yachties”, and generally spend a fair deal of time shooting the breeze. Indeed, I got to know Christina over a three month period when we practically lived side by side in Malta…..a winter of repairs, lots of shopping, lots of varnishing and a heap of splicing!…..Christina taught me how to splice a rope…joining two halves strongly into one. Quite an art in itself. Eventually we last saw each other in Cyprus, exchanging contact details once again….and we set off into the sunset yet again – for the last time. I eventually ended up living in Mauritius for 3 years, and finally in 1988 returned to South Africa and a home in Wilderness, Western Cape. That life ended in November 1996, when I lost my home and all I owned in a dramatic flood. Save for a couple of pets and my family, the rest was lost forever, including of course my contact for Christina. Shortly after all this happened I moved to Knysna, and started a new life. In every respect. The years passed, and I often wondered how or where to contact Christina. From time to time I would scratch through the internet hoping to find a lead, but nothing turned up. About a month ago, I was again thinking about her, and typed her name as I had always done into the Google search bar….and there was one reference to Christina……a picture of her handing over a cheque at a charity do in Gibraltar!…….It had to be her….nose pressed to monitor….was it her? I remembered her as a slender little person with an impish face, but then she would have been in her twenties….and now she would be in her fifties….how time can play with ones mind. So I wrote to the charity, and the next day……I get……..Christina!…..got the headphones, got the Skype. Christina now lives in Spain. We are back in touch, and the first thing Christina did was send me a recipe for fudge that I remembered she made so well. Mine had gone in the flood, and now I had it back!……..plus of course the cheesecake. I have incorporated the word “splice” into the name, as it references to the joining together of two loose ends, which in this case is highly appropriate. Make the cake, and enjoy it with your good friends. It is really easy, and hopefully will create wonderful memories for you too.
SPLICE A SLICE CHEESECAKE
110 g digestive biscuits or tea biscuit of choice
Sufficient butter to wet crumbs to sticky consistency
60g castor sugar
350g smooth cream cheese
2 large egg yolks
Grated rind and juice of two lemons
10g powdered gelatine
150ml double cream – or a mixture of whipping cream and crème fraiche.
Melt the butter and mix into crumbed biscuits. Spread and flatten into a loose bottomed tin that has been slightly oiled, and put into fridge to cool.
Prepare the gelatine according to the packet instructions.
Put the egg yolks, the cheese, and the sugar into a liquidiser and blend for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and the lemon rind as well as the gelatine and blend to smooth.
Whip the cream to a floppy consistency, and add to the blender mixture, blending again for a few seconds.
Pour the mixture over the biscuit base, cover with foil and leave in fridge for at least 3 hours.
1 Bottle Goldcrest sour cherries
1 sachet Ruf Tortenguss
I found this little Tortenguss product on the Pick n Pay shelf along with the general baking supplies. It is added to the juice of your fruit and gives you a gorgeous clear glaze. You simply decorate your cheesecake with the whole cherries, and then pour your glaze over to finish. Alternatively, make some little lemon rind decorations or chocolate leaves….and make sure to share it with good friends.