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Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cheesecake

We can’t think of a more delicious way to show someone you love them than with this heart-shaped strawberry cheesecake!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 4 hours setting time in the fridge)
Makes: 4 cheesecakes
Great for:  Family Recipes Grown Up Entertaining
Ingredients

For the filling

350g/12oz strawberries, halved
200g/7oz caster sugar
2 tbsp water
5 leaves gelatine
400g/14oz full fat cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence

For the biscuit base

100g/4oz digestive biscuits crushed
50g/2oz butter melted
Method
  1. Put the strawberries, caster sugar and water into a saucepan.
  2. Simmer until the strawberries are soft and the sugar has dissolved. Pass the mixture through a sieve and into a bowl and allow to cool a little.
  3. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water and leave for about 5 minutes. Squeeze any water from the gelatine, then add to the warm strawberry mixture, stirring until dissolved, Leave to cool completely.
  4. To make the base, put the biscuits into a freezer bad and crush with a rolling pin. Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter, then press firmly into the bases of four heart-shaped springform tins.
  5. Put the cream cheese and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the cold strawberry mixture and whisk until smooth, then carefully spoon into the tins.
  6. Transfer to the fridge and leave to set for about 4 hours or as long as possible.
  7. decorate with extra strawberries.

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