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Berry cheesecake ‘mess’

  • Serves 9
  • 40 minutes

Berry cheesecake ‘mess’

40 minutes
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
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Run a piece of clean muslin under cold water for a couple of seconds, then squeeze out and use to line a colander (22-23cm diameter). Set the lined colander over a bowl. In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the soft cheese, crème fraîche, 120g of icing sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and a pinch of salt until pale, light and smooth (3-4 minutes). Spoon into the lined colander, flatten the top and fold over the muslin to cover. Put in the fridge to strain for at least 6 hours (ideally overnight).


Meanwhile, make the crunchy almonds. Put the butter and sugar in a small frying pan over a low heat and allow to melt, swirling occasionally (8-10 minutes). Add the salt, then tip in the almonds and toss to coat well. Turn up the heat to medium and cook until the almonds are golden and crisp, stirring regularly (5-6 minutes). Tip onto a baking parchment-lined plate and allow to cool (if making in advance, once cool, transfer the caramelised almonds to an airtight container; keep for up to 10 days).


About an hour before serving, put the berries in a bowl with 43g of icing sugar, ground cardamom seeds and 1½ tbsp water; mix well, then set aside to macerate for 1 hour.


To serve, unwrap the muslin from the top of the cheese mixture. In a roughly 2.5-litre trifle bowl, spoon in about ⅓ of the strained cheese mixture, then spoon over ⅓ of the berries and their juices. Repeat the layers, finishing with the berries. Add more berries for extra drama, if liked. Break up the almonds and sprinkle over the top; serve straight away.

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