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moving the jet stream…

July 18, 2012

Things which are growing well in the garden at the moment – apart from the lettuces and slugs – are the blackcurrants. I’m thinking jam, but that’s an autumnal activity and I want some summer fruits to move the jet stream northwards. I thought about a summer pudding  (good name), but you really need fruit other than blackcurrants and the raspberry bushes can’t keep up with Arlo’s daily grazing.

So the next best thing is a cheesecake. This one doesn’t use gelatine and isn’t cooked so has a very summery feel to it. It was sunny today in parts, but the sunshine was accompanied by rain – a really fine rain mostly, but rain nevertheless. Peter said “what do you call this weather with rain and sun at the same time?” Good question. Really good. Can’t answer it.

Cheesecake: top and tail some fresh blackcurrants, then cook them to a mush with a little water and sugar to taste. Add some cornflour to thicken the fruit – about a dessertspoon mixed in a quarter of a cup of water, bring to the boil stirring until it’s thickened and then set aside to cool. Crush 15 digestive biscuits in a strong plastic bag with a rolling pin and mix then with about 3oz melted butter. Line a suitable container with them -mine’s rectangular and is about 5×10″.Chill.

Mix together a 250g/8oz tub of quark (fat free cream cheese) and about 200 g/about 7oz full fat cream cheese. Add 3oz sugar  – or to taste. Whip 4floz  cream and fold this in. Spread the mix over the biscuit base and cover with the cooled blackcurrants.

Refrigerate then eat.

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