I absolutely love cheesecake! Who doesn't?
I remember this one from my childhood, my grandmother always made it in the sweltering height of summer. It's so light and so fresh, and so very different from every other cheesecake out there, but what a difference: for starters it's made with ricotta, not cream cheese. This is mixed with strawberries and the juice and zest of one lime to give it an amazingly interesting and fresh taste. The base is a light, delicate yet crunchy egg mixture with hazelnuts, and that combined with the cool cheese topping forms the most interesting flavours and textures in your mouth. If I could take a bite out of summer, this is the epitome of what it would taste like for me.
This recipe is also one of the main reasons I love baking: placing one, two, three or more different individual ingredients together to make something completely new and fabulous. It's like alchemy, almost magical. I absolutely love it.
The flower ladies around the corner from where I live also had some gorgeous peonies saved up for me - a big thank you to them! There's something so awfully elegant yet tragic about peonies, but in a very good way, wouldn't you agree?
I also had some leftover elderflower cordial from last week's [ Gooseberry Fools ] so I made some refreshing drinks with the rest of the limes I had and some freshly picked mint from the window box - perfect to serve to guests on a hot summer's day.
Recipes after the jump!