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Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

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Chocolate raspberry meringue cake


You'll need

120 gm dark chocolate (56%-60% cocoa solids), finely chopped, plus extra shaved to serve 250 gm eggwhites (from about 8 eggs) 250 gm caster sugar 250 gm pure icing sugar 50 gm Dutch-process cocoa 3 tsp cornflour   Chocolate sauce 65 gm dark chocolate (58% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped 10 gm unsalted butter 75 gm (1/3 cup) caster sugar 70 gm liquid glucose 2 tsp Dutch-process cocoa powder, sieved 100 ml pouring cream   Crushed raspberry cream 400 ml thickened cream 400 gm crème fraîche 50 gm pure icing sugar, sieved Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 120 gm raspberries, plus extra to serve 3 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 120C. Trace a 25cm x 12cm rectangle on each of 3 sheets of baking paper, then place each sheet pencil-side down on a lightly greased baking tray. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside.
  • 02
  • Whisk eggwhite, caster sugar and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer until firm, glossy peaks form (6-7 minutes). Sieve icing sugar, cocoa and cornflour onto mixture and fold to combine. Fold in melted chocolate to create a ripple effect, then divide evenly among prepared trays, spreading within the rectangle templates. Bake, swapping and turning trays occasionally, until crisp and dry (1-1¼ hours). Turn off oven and leave meringue in to cool completely, then store in airtight containers for up to 2 days until required.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for chocolate sauce, melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth (2-3 minutes). Combine remaining ingredients and 100ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stir in chocolate mixture. Bring back to the boil, season with a good pinch of sea salt flakes and refrigerate to chill. Chocolate sauce can be made up to a week ahead.
  • 04
  • For crushed raspberry cream, whisk cream, crème fraîche, icing sugar and vanilla seeds in a bowl to soft peaks. Crush raspberries with balsamic vinegar in a separate bowl and fold into cream mixture to form a ripple effect.
  • 05
  • To serve, place a meringue rectangle on a serving platter, spread with a third of the crushed raspberry cream, top with a third of the raspberries, then with another meringue rectangle. Repeat layering, finishing with raspberries, then drizzle with chocolate sauce, scatter with shaved chocolate and serve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

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