Hi! How are you today? I’m well, thanks. Now where were we? I redid the Dobondobondo site, and I’m liking it, but I need wayyy more content before it becomes, I dunno, read. But enough of that.
While chatting to M the other day, she said she misses her friends and family back home. Cue the awww‘s and :o( emoticons. Then the conversation went to about how she’s also missing strawberry cheesecake. Without a thought, I said “I’ll make you a cheesecake!”
Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I mean, it’s not that difficult, right? Wrong. Every recipe on the first page of Google results is different. And not just a little different, I mean the whole cake is different. Some use hobnobs (?), graham crackers, shortbread biscuits for the base, one mixes strawberry jelly crystals in with the strawberries on the stove, some are vanilla cheesecake with strawberries on top, other have strawberries swirled in, and others have strawberries fully mixed in, making the cake pink. While they all used cream cheese, others used whipped cream or crème fraiche. Every recipe was that different.
Then it comes to the pantry. I had no beaters, no springform pan, nothing. So I bought everything I needed at Woolworths, though, along with all the ingredients I needed. Except that I didn’t buy sugar. Or vanilla beans. Or gelatine. Or beaters. Ugh.
So I experimented with one cake first. I used a whisk to try to make the thickened cream whipped, not knowing that it needed sugar. So it didn’t really go fluffy. After adding in the cream cheese it did thicken a little. then I realised I had no vanilla. So instead of attempting to make a strawberry swirl, I kinda just mixed in the strawberries. It was runny. No matter, it will set once in the fridge, right? Wrong again.
I took it out of the fridge and brought it to work. The results were in – “I like the base, but it’s lacking something.”
Vanilla. It was lacking vanilla. Also sugar. Thankfully that was a test cake, and on the way home I stopped by Woolworths to buy an electric mixer, vanilla, sugar and gelatine. And what a difference it all made. The sugar with a tiny bit of vanilla mixed by the electric mixer made it soooo light and fluffy, and also tasty. It was a thicker, cake-like consistency, as it should have been. And the gelatine also made the strawberry sauce a little thicker. Just licking the spoon was enough to say that it was going to be brilliant.
And here we are. M has a presentation at uni today, so I’ll be dashing over once she is home. I’m certain she’ll enjoy this cake, just as much as I had fun making it. But while I’m trying to impress her, make her happy and enjoying her time in Queensland, I now know that I should do a little research before offering to make up some delicious treats. After all, the ingredients plus the springform tin and beaters cost me about $70. I could’ve just bought one from The Cheesecake Shop, put it on a plate and say I made it, while saving myself $50, but at the same time I did have fun, and I also created something I never knew I could. So it’s not all bad.