Individual berry cheesecakes – a Shavuot treat!

Fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer & decorated with berry syrup swirls. These cute & easy individual cheesecakes are just divine!

Shavuot in the sunshine

Last year, Cambridge enjoyed its first Shavuot garden party, held in the gorgeous surroundings of Kings College Fellows Garden. The sun shone, Pimms was drunk, and a lovely time was had by all.

The week before the event, I had been busy making brownies, mini victoria sponge cakes, meringues, various flavours of ice-cream, and of course cheesecake for about 60 people. It was worth the effort though – everything was delicious and by 7pm when the last stragglers made their way home, every last morsel had been devoured.

To avoid the mess of cutting up big cheesecakes into individual portions, I baked them in cupcake cases, and it worked brilliantly! A huge time and effort saver was the realisation that a smallish biscuit (say, a ginger nut or small shortbread) would fit perfectly into the bottom of a paper case, and all that faffing about crushing biscuits, mixing with butter, and pressing into each case could be avoided.

Fast forward 12 months

Last year’s cheesecakes were plain, but since this time around I was only making eight (not 60), I decided to push the boat out and make them a bit fancier. Each one has a layer of fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer, decorated with berry syrup swirls.

Even with the extra stages, these were still easy enough to make. Total prep time was just under 45 minutes, and I really wasn’t rushing. You could almost certainly do it in less.

Triple berry cheesecakes - Fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer, & decorated with berry syrup swirls. These cute & easy individual cheesecakes are just divine!

These were eaten in our sunny back garden by me, my daughter Kipper and her friend, and her friend’s Mum. Kipper wolfed hers down in a matter of moments, which I took as a signal of approval. Her friend’s Mum was a little more dainty about it, but even her cheesecake didn’t last long. 

Creamy, sweet, fruity, pleasantly tangy, with a crunch of biscuit on the bottom. These triple berry cheesecakes are everything I want to eat this Shavuot! Try them!

PS

In case you’re wondering, the Jewish residents of Cambridge will be enjoying the second annual Shavuot garden party in just a short while. This year though, I’m not catering single handed, and someone else has the ‘honour’ of making the cheesecake! Phew!

Fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer, & decorated with berry syrup swirls. These cute & easy individual cheesecakes are just divine!

Triple berry cheesecakes - Fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer, & decorated with berry syrup swirls. These cute & easy individual cheesecakes are just divine!

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Triple berry mini cheesecakes


Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine European, jewish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 8
Author Helen

Ingredients

For the fruit compote and syrup

  • 25 g each of raspberriesblackberries and blueberries i.e. 75g (1/2 cup) in total
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the cheesecakes

  • 8 small biscuits e.g. shortbread, ginger nuts etc.
  • 1 egg
  • 225 g cream cheese (1 cup)
  • 25 g melted butter (2 tbsp)
  • 25 g caster sugar (2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 75 ml soured cream (1/4 cup)
  • 0.25 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1.5 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. First make the syrup and compote. Place the berries, 1.5 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tbsp sugar in a small saucepan and simmer over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes until soft. Strain into a jug and squash the fruit thoroughly. Reserve the syrup and the squashed fruit compote separately.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
  3. Use paper cupcake cases to line 8 muffin tins or mini pudding basins. Place a biscuit into the bottom of each cupcake case and set aside.
  4. Separate the egg. Whisk the whites to soft peaks and set aside.
  5. Put the egg yolk into a mixing bowl with the cream cheese, butter, caster sugar, cornflour, soured cream, vanilla and lemon juice. Beat well to combine into a thick, smooth batter.
  6. Add the whisked egg whites and gently fold in.
  7. Transfer half of the mixture to a separate bowl. Add the squashed berry compote to one of the bowls, and gently fold in. Now divide this mixture between the 8 prepared cupcake cases. Gently tap to level the mixture.
  8. Carefully divide the plain cheesecake mixture between the cases, taking care to cover the berry layer. Again, tap gently to level.
  9. Drip dots of the berry syrup onto the surface of the mixture and use a toothpick to swirl or make patterns.
  10. Bake the cheesecakes at 180C (350F) for 12-13 minutes, until just set.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling tray until cold.
  12. Eat immediately or store in the fridge and consume within 2 days.

Recipe Notes

219 calories 18g fat 3g protein 13g carbs

Triple berry cheesecakes - Fruity berry cheesecake topped by a plain cheesecake layer, & decorated with berry syrup swirls. These cute & easy individual cheesecakes are just divine!

I’m joining in with a lot of foodie link-ups with this recipe! They are:
Since they’re based on the cheesecake recipe I grew up, they’re perfect for Inheritance Recipes, organised by Pebble Soup and Coffee & Vanilla.
Simple and In Season, hosted by Feeding Boys, since these are full of lovely seasonal berries.
The Food Year Link-up at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen, as these are made for Shavuot.
Tea Time Treats, organised by Lavender & Lovage and The Hedgecombers (who hosts this month) which is looking for colourful dishes.
Finally, I’m joining in with CookBlogShare, and Bake of the Week, hosted by Maison Cupcake and co-organised by Casa Costello. Phew!

     

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24 Comments:

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  2. They would make perfect bake sale items. I need to remember this recipe when the summer will finally arrive 😉

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  4. Hayley (@SnapHappyBakes)

    I never do baked cheesecakes, love the look of these YUM! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

    • Thanks Hayley. Funnily enough, I usually do baked ones! Somehow a no-bake one isn’t quite a cheesecake for me. I guess it’s what you’re used to.

  5. Mini desserts are definitely the way forward – easier to eat, no need to faff about slicing things up and they always look so cute I think! Thanks for entering this lush recipe into this month’s Simple and in Season xxx

  6. I love the idea of using cupcakes cases to make the mini cheesecakes, so much easier and less washing up too. I’m glad to hear you’ve got some help with the catering, I don’t like cooking for more than 6, so I can’t imagine cooking for 60!

    • Thanks Charlotte! Cooking for 60 isn’t too bad. As long as you give yourself enough time. I spend the week before baking and freezing, so it’s quite manageable. More or less…

  7. i adore cheesecakes and I really like the idea of having cupcake size ones to eat! I might even have to have 2 in one go though! x

  8. I’m a huge cheesecake fan (who isn’t!!) and the berry swirls on these look enticingly sticky and sweet! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

  9. Love Cheesecake! Simply has to be a gingernut base for me. Nothing else quite cuts it.

  10. Ohhhh Cheesecake – I love cheesecake! They look so pretty, that one in the middle has a love heart – perfect!

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  12. They look amazing, thank you for sending them to our Inheritance Recipes.

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  14. So pretty. I love the swirl of compote on the top. Coincidentally enough, I just made compote today 🙂

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