This recipe has been brewing for ages.
I actually tried to make them with these cheesecakes – yet it was an epic fail. After a long time thinking and tinkering with processes, the recipe come together (finally!). Trust me, I tried cocoa, yogurt, melted chocolate. In the end, Round Eye’s favourite ice-cream topping was it. So, I thought what the heck I’ll enter it into Mamamia’s food blogger idol competition and try my luck.
Here’s my entry, cross your fingers and toes I can make the final 5. Finalists will be announced in three weeks, so I’ll keep you posted.
Sweets should be showstoppers. Full stop.
And these ‘sweet showstoppers’, shouldn’t be reserved for just the Zumbo’s of the world. Us, home cooks can produce a dessert that wows. That makes guests whip out their phone, take a snap and #foodstagram. They’ll ohhh and argh, then talk about it at work the next day. That, my friends, is the sign of a successful ‘sweet showstopper’.
Seriously, anyone can produce a ‘sweet showstopper’. You are probably sitting in my cook boat; where we frankly don’t have the time to temper chocolate, create elaborate sugar nests or make that impressive profiterole tower. But we can do, that ‘little bit more’ to create a ‘sweet showstopper’.
These leopard print cheesecakes are it.
There’s no baking. Merely, a bit of whizzing, melting of butter in the microwave #shockhorror (hey, it takes thirty seconds and saves me a pot to wash up!), then some mixing with your trusty cake mixer #easy. Then your fridge does the setting for you.
The only fiddly bit is making your stencil out of acetate. But think of it like this. Leopard print is basically like two kidney beans facing each out. True. This may be the fiddly bit, yet it’s also the fun bit.
And seriously, people say they don’t like leopard print – they’re lying. They’ll change their mind once they see it on a cheesecake and taste them. Creamy wild strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake with pistachios and a hint of sweet almond amaretti – it’s a match made in heaven.
RACHEL’S NO BAKE LEOPARD PRINT CHEESECAKES
FOR THE BASE
100G AMARETTI BISCUITS
50G BUTTER, MELTED
FOR THE CHEESECAKE
2 TEASPOONS OF GELATIN (OR AGAR AGAR FOR VEGETARIANS)
½ CUP OF WARM WATER
560G RACHEL’S WILD STRAWBERRY AND RHUBARB YOGURT
250G CREAM CHEESE, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
100G CASTER SUGAR
FOR THE LEOPARD PRINT
SMALL SHEET OF ACETATE
PIECE OF PAPER
1 X BOTTLE CHOCOLATE COTTEE’S ICE MAGIC
LET’S GET COOKING
Draw your leopard print onto your piece of paper. Remember, it’s simply two kidney beans facing each other! Once you are happy with your design, tape your acetate over the paper to secure it into place. Using a cutting matt and art scalpel carefully cut out your leopard print from the acetate. Now, that’s the hard part done.
Using a food processor with the blade attachment. Blitz the pistachios and amaretti biscuits into a fine crumb. With the machine running on low, pour the melted butter into the food processor until the mixture resembles ‘wet sand’. Divide the mixture into a mini cake mold – one heaped tablespoon per cake – and press with the back of a spoon to form a level base. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes, or until set.
Mix the gelatin with the water and set aside. With the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Add Rachel’s yoghurt and gelatin mixture and beat until smooth. Pour and divide the mixture over the set bases. Refrigerate for 3 hours.
Once your cheesecakes have set, you’ll need to freeze them in order to ‘print’ your leopard print onto the surface. Freeze for 30 to 40 minutes, you don’t want to hard freeze the cheesecakes, but create a surface hard and cold enough to freeze the ice magic.
Once your cheesecakes are semi frozen, take them out of the freezer and place them onto a flat surface. Here’s the fun part! Place your acetate over the surface of the cheesecake. Using your spatula loaded with ice magic swipe over the acetate stencil. It’s like a screen-printing action. Before the ice magic is set, carefully lift the stencil off. Then voila! Instant leopard print. Wash and dry your stencil before repeating with the other cheesecakes.
Makes 9 mini cheesecakes.