Individual Cheesecakes

UKIP boss Nigel Farage has suggested he’d stay on as leader until 2035; I hope for his sake it doesn’t take until then for him to keep all his MP in line.

My advice would be to offer stand-alone solutions to stand alone problems rather like the way we’ve addressed one of our desserts at The Underground Cookery School; our cheesecake is now made as an individual portion.

A digestive biscuit is crushed, mixed with melted butter, placed into the base of a pastry ring (5cm x 6cm), and a tall buttered and sugared collar added round the inner side. For the filling, cream cheese and sugar are mixed together, followed by egg yolks, corn flour, crème fresh and lemon juice. All are poured into the collared ring, and the dessert baked in a low oven at 150oC for 12 minutes.

To decorate the cheesecake, top with a tuile, made by mixing soft unsalted butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract, plain flour and egg whites. The paste is spread through a rectangular stencil onto a baking mat, and cooked at 180oC for 5-6 minutes. Once out the oven the tuile is draped over a rolling pin.

A coulis is prepared by blending fresh raspberry’s, sugar, corn flour and lemon juice, which is then pushed through a fine sieve and reduced in a pan over a low heat until thickened.

At the other end of the political leadership scale, Labour’s Chukka Umunna has indicated he doesn’t want to be a party chief at all, suggesting press intrusion has interfered with the relationship he enjoys with his girlfriend. It’s a fair point as every time I’ve seen them together on TV, the media seem to be yelling at him to “chukka”.

Individual Baked Cheesecakes

Serves 2

Biscuit base:
20g unsalted butter, plus a little to grease the rings, 2x digestive biscuits, 1 tspn of flour for the rings

110g cream cheese at room temperature, 40g caster sugar
, 4 egg yolks
, 50g crème fresh, 2 tbsp of cornflour, juice of one small lemon

Vanilla Tuile Mix:
200g soft butter, 175g icing sugar, 1tsp Vanilla extract, 6 free range egg whites

200g plain flour

Raspberry Coulis:
100g Raspberry’s, 20g Caster Sugar, Juice ½ lemon, 1 tspn corn flour