Roasted Strawberry, Vanilla & White Chocolate Cheesecake

Strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake recipe

 

Recently we stopped into a Strawberry Farm to pick up some fresh, delicious and plump strawberries.   The berries were so beautiful I just knew I had to find a way to use them.  So I came up with this roasted strawberry, vanilla and white chocolate cheesecake.

For this cheesecake the strawberries are roasted with a little sugar and a split vanilla bean and then mixed with 3/4′s of the cheesecake mixture and the remaining quarter is mixed with melted white chocolate, forming the top of the cheesecake.  Even better, this cheesecake is low in fat, thanks to the use of low fat ricotta in place of cream cheese.

When I made this cheesecake recently, I sent it into my fiancé’s work and he came home with rave reviews.  Apparently one of his workmates could not stop raving about it, which put a huge smile on my face.  Doesn’t it make you feel good when you hear people enjoy your cooking?

Roasted Strawberry Vanilla Cheesecake recipe

Roasted Strawberry, Vanilla & White Chocolate Cheesecake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • CHEESECAKE:
  • 4 cups non-fat/low fat cottage cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 3 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 500g of strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • 150g of white chocolate
  • BASE:
  • 10 Arnotts Wheaten Biscuits
  • 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 220 Celsius (425 Fahrenheit) and line a roasting pan with baking paper. Toss the strawberries with the granulated sugar and vanilla bean and then spread onto the baking paper and roast for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. For the base - Reduce the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit). In a food add the biscuits and process until they form small crumbs. Pour into a bowl and combine with the caster sugar and melted butter. Pour the base into a greased 25cm springform pan and press the mixture using a glass or coffee cup to form a flat base. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  3. Reduce the oven to 165 Celsius (325 Fahrenheit). In a food processor, combine cottage cheese, eggs, icing sugar, flour, and vanilla seeds and extract and process until smooth,scraping down sides as needed.
  4. Remove 2 cups of the cheesecake mixture and place in a small bowl. Melt the white chocolate and combine with the 2 cups of cheesecake mixture.
  5. Add the roasted strawberries to the mixture in the food processor and process to combine. Pour the mixture into the cheesecake base. Top this with the white chocolate mixture by carefully spooning the white chocolate cheesecake mix on top.
  6. Wrap the springform pan in foil and place in a roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with hot tap water until it comes half way up the side of the springform pan. Bake until set, around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Set aside to cool and then refrigerate overnight before serving.

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29 Comments

    • delicieux July 25, 2011  1:47 pm Reply

      Thank you so much John, you are so sweet. :D

  1. Dzenana July 25, 2011  12:31 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous looking cheesecake! I must admit, generally I'm not a cheesecake person, but this one looks way too good to resist!
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    • delicieux July 25, 2011  1:44 pm Reply

      I'm not usually a fan of cheesecake either Dzenana, but this one was really delicious, and a little different and lighter, thanks to the cottage cheese. :D

  2. Nadia July 25, 2011  3:05 pm Reply

    I've never made toasted strawberries before! Had no idea you can do that... sounds delicious, like strawberry jam :)

    And the feel of knowing someone loved your recipe is just so cool. It always makes my day when I hear about it :)

    • delicieux July 25, 2011  7:27 pm Reply

      Roasted strawberries are delicious, and they become lovely and sweet and develop a delicious syrup. :D

  3. Sukaina July 25, 2011  3:56 pm Reply

    Oh those are plump strawberries- I wouldn't have the heart to send such beautiful cheesecake off to work. I'd devour it at home!

    • delicieux July 25, 2011  7:29 pm Reply

      I'd rather send the cheesecake off to work than have it end up on my hips :D As much as I love to eat sweets, I actually get as much pleasure baking them and sending them off for someone else to enjoy.

    • delicieux July 25, 2011  7:30 pm Reply

      Sure Kulsum :D A cottage cheese cheesecake is a much lighter version of a traditional cream cheese cheesecake. If you try it let me know how you go.

  4. Amy July 25, 2011  8:53 pm Reply

    I just discovered a strawberry farm down the road from my house! So delicious :) I made strawberry galette this weekend so your cheesecake may feature next Sunday night! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    • delicieux July 26, 2011  7:39 am Reply

      You're welcome Amy. I hope you enjoy it :D

  5. denise-NL July 25, 2011  10:01 pm Reply

    Most cheesecake recipes are not interesting to me, but roasting strawberries hooked me. Looks and sounds so yummy! this will be a keeper for me. Thanks for sharing.

    • delicieux July 26, 2011  6:51 am Reply

      Thanks Denise. :) I hope you enjoy it.

  6. elle marie July 26, 2011  10:49 am Reply

    Nice shot!!! I have been looking and looking for a pinkish cake stand? Any ideas? LOVE the napkin (tea towel)?
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  7. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 July 27, 2011  3:51 am Reply

    I love when people compliment my food, too. :) The roasted strawberries in this cheesecake sound wonderful, and I love that is is lower in fat, too.
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  8. KV (Vitchen) July 27, 2011  7:08 am Reply

    Delightful :) Gorgeous presentation, as always. And yes... it's wonderful when people rave about your cooking. It's humbling and thrilling at the same time.

  9. Eftychia August 1, 2011  3:57 pm Reply

    This cheesecakes sounds delicious! I will give it a try soon. Thanks for sharing!

  10. marla March 5, 2012  2:08 pm Reply

    Sooooo fun! Linking back to this recipe tomorrow :)

    • delicieux March 5, 2012  9:30 pm Reply

      Thank you for including me Marla :D

 

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