Strawberry & Cardamon Cheesecake
A delicious combination but you can leave out the cardamon and still have a wonderful cake!
10 medium sized strawberries hulled
200g cream cheese (I use mascarpone but any will do)
25g unsalted butter at room temperature
80g caster sugar
15g plain flour
seeds of 2 cardamon pods
120g mixed nuts
20g butter at room temperature
3 tbsps apricot jam
1 tbsp warm water
Preheat oven to 170°C
Grease a 15cm loose base cake tin.
Blitz the nuts with the butter, tip into the bottom of the cake tin and press down with the back if a spoon.
Blitz the cream cheese, butter, sugar and eggs in a food processor until well mixed. Tip into a bowl and mix in flour and cardamon seeds if using. Scrape the mixture on to the nut base in the cake tin. Place the strawberries in a round and any extra in the middle.
Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown in parts. Allow to cool a little before warming the apricot jam together warm water and spreading over the top of the cake.
Approximate cost £4.50