You are going to like this.. If you love cheesecake, prepare to have a new favourite. The full bodied sweetness of these little berries combined with the aroma and perfume of lavender leads to a unique and exciting culinary experience. This is the simplest form of cheesecake so no mucking around, just a crushed biscuit base, mascarpone and a Bilberry compote, you ready?
Tbsp Honey (get a nice local one)
1 Tbsp Caster sugar
Melt the butter and Muscovado sugar together. Stir in the biscuit crumbs and mix well. Press evenly into the base of a 15cm loose bottomed cake tin. Chill.
Beat together the cream cheese, honey and lavender sugar. Spoon out onto the biscuit base and level. Chill.
If you haven’t got Lavender sugar get some fresh or dried Lavender flowers and the same amount of sugar required for the recipe. Place some Lavender in a Mortar and Pestle with a small amount of the sugar and repeat until all of the Lavender is gone. This simplistic version grinds the Lavender Oils out quickly and has the same affect but you should make Lavender sugar as a back up for when the plant isn’t in flower.
Wash and drain the Bilberries. Put in a small covered pan with the lavender flowers and caster sugar. Cook over a low heat until the berries pop. Take off the lid and turn up the heat to reduce until thick.
Now allow to cool completely then spread over the Mascarpone cheese base and place back in the fridge until ready.
Sweet delicious Bilberries, the perfume of Lavender, the cleansing creaminess of honey Mascarpone and the crunch of the digestive base… Need I say more.
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