Cranachan Cheesecake for Monday

It is midday on Monday and I have decided to go all decadent on this miserably gloomy day with a cheesecake and tea. Did she say cheesecake for lunch? ‘What an odd thing she is,’ you might exclaim. I cannot refute it now, can I? Once in a while, when it is your birthday month which will go away all too soon, you need to give into hedonism.

I baked the cheesecake on a Friday night when Adi had stepped out for drinks with friends and I could spend my time watching an old Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn movie, whisking ricotta and milk, sugar, eggs and butter, inhaling the wonderful smells of that buttery concoction of custard consistency that I could pour into a chilled base of crushed oatmeal biscuits. Now I had looked high and low for digestives. I am addicted to their moreish taste. But the people at the store cast me a blank look. I got a nonchalant ‘never had those’. I gave up and bought a packet of oatmeal biscuits to which I added salt to make it less sweet.

This heavenly cheesecake is a Paul Hollywood recipe and I have tinkled around with the base because I like me a buttery & crumbly oatmeal base. The man calls for oatcakes but I like the texture of digestive bases in cheesecakes more. Customisation is queen baby.

The result is a cheesecake which makes the heart sing as I let it melt into my mouth, the buttery biscuit base adding the perfect crunch. The taste of the raspberry coulis drizzled on top of it adds a fruity, tangy deliciousness that makes me say like, it is dope man.

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Arundhati Basu

The great affair in my life is to travel. I count myself immensely fortunate that my partner shares this passion. We are a team that likes to spend time planning and plotting out places to go. Destination check, flights check, accommodation check, cheesy grins check. Off we go.

78 thoughts on “Cranachan Cheesecake for Monday

      1. I keep meaning to bake some coconut macaroons but the oven part of our cooker is broken ? don’t know what we’re going to do about Christmas dinner ??

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      2. Mug an electrician? I mean it has gotta be fixed before Christmas right πŸ™‚ I had the most delicious raspberry macaroons yesterday at Whole Foods and swooned. xx


      3. Unless you are planning to swim across the pond, which might be freezing at the time of the year, I would say forget working them off but come over! Holiday calories did not hurt no one πŸ˜› xx

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  1. Lusciously evil (because I can’t have any) and decadent! You made one helluva cheesecake there Lady! You are a sweet genius πŸ˜‰ Now, may I have a slice of that please? – Neek

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  2. That looks scrummy! Who doesn’t love cheesecake?

    I am all in favour of customising recipes, the end result is often way better.

    Frankly, if you can’t indulge yourself during your birthday month, when can you?

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    1. Thank you Sheree, the birthday month has to be about pampering the self. The husband reaps the results too.
      Tinkering with the recipe can be good. It has gone the other way too with me πŸ™‚ xx


    1. Thank you ove. It is winter (it feels like it here already) and you know Christmas is on the way. So never a bad idea. And cheesecakes are quite easy to bake even if they ask for a water bath. This one does not πŸ™‚ xx


  3. “Once in a while, when it is your birthday month which will go away all too soon, you need to give into hedonism.” – Oh! What a lovely thought! And, guess what, my birthday is this month as well. πŸ™‚ Good thought for me! And congrats on the wonderful cheesecake!

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    1. When is your birthday, Theresa? Are you a Scorpio or a Sagi? Well it is an affirmedly lovely month then. Let hedonism be your watchword too? The cheesecake hit the right notes for me and I am totally milking my birthday month for what it’s worth πŸ˜‰

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      1. Ah! Scorpio! My birthday is on Monday! My mother and I share a birthday, isn’t that wild? I’m going for the hedonism. You a Scorpio too? πŸ™‚


  4. I just made Cheesecake for a potluck at work tomorrow. Yes I have to work uggghhhh. If I had come across your post earlier I would made this one and it looks delicious. I will have to keep the recipe.

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