I spent last weekend at ProBlogger, Australia’s most excellent conference for bloggers, and I have to tell you – QT Hotel on the Gold Coast does the best food. I will post about this in a few days because it deserves it’s own post. Everything was fantastic, especially the amazing deserts. These individual puddings where a show stopper –  Heston Blumenthal type salted caramel crumb popping candy chocolate mousse thingies with a small capsule of essence of butterscotch to inject into the pudding. Can you even? I cannot. I cannot even. Yes, that is a tower of fruit behind it.

So it was a bit of a rude shock when I got home and there was not even any vanilla ice cream in the freezer. I wanted a special little pudding in a fancy glass, dammit! So I made these. So easy, and fairly impressive, especially to my family that had not been having food adventures on the Gold Coast, and knew no better.

Fancy Little Cheesecakes

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of Condensed Milk
  • 1 packet of butternut biscuits (you’ll only need about 4)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • about half a punnet of strawberries (or use any other fruit in season)
  • a tablespoon of castor sugar.
Method
  • Put the biscuits in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin until they are crumbs, divide the crumbs into individual glasses. I used 4 espresso glasses, and two other glasses because I was short. (Side note: Where have my espresso glasses gone??)
  • Pour the condensed milk into a bowl and squeeze in the lemon juice. Stir quickly, it will start to firm up in a matter of minutes. Divide into the glasses, just plop it on top of the crumbs.
  • Reserve as many strawberries as you have glasses, then puree the rest with the castor sugar. Pour the strawberry puree evenly over the cheesecakes. Place a strawberry on top of each one and put them in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.
Ta-da! How easy was that? They won’t need long in the fridge, you could probably get away with 15 minutes, as it’s not the temperature that firms them up, it’s the action of the lemon juice on the condensed milk. Feel free to get creative with them and put anything you like in there. Chocolate shavings on the top? Coconut in the crumb? A layer of pureed mango under the cheesecake and a drizzle of passionfruit on the top? Whatever makes you feel a bit fancy!
xx
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10 thoughts on “Fancy Little Cheesecakes

  • 09/03/2014 at 10:45 AM
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    It's wonderful going somewhere that has beautiful food you can really enjoy. It looked like you had a great time. I love the little deserts. Looks like I'm going to put on a bit more weight….oh well it can't be helped. ox.

    • 09/04/2014 at 6:22 AM
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      The fancy deserts where sooooo fancy, it would have been rude not to eat them. This little cheesecake is so tiny, it surely won't make that much difference? 😉
      xx

  • 09/04/2014 at 10:35 AM
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    The food at QT was AMAZING! I'm glad I'm not the only one who came home and felt a little disappointed with what was on offer! These look gorgeous, I'm loving fresh strawberries at the moment and this recipe has given me a great excuse to go and buy some more. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays 🙂

    • 09/08/2014 at 3:24 AM
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      It is my pleasure, Lauren, thank you for having me. Strawberries are now down to 99 cents a punnet, I think I need to go buy a kilo and make some sorbet!
      xx

  • 09/04/2014 at 11:39 PM
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    Nice one. Yes they are fairly impressive. I'd say fairly GENIUS. Easy to convert to GF too (YAY). Thanks for sharing x

    • 09/08/2014 at 3:25 AM
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      Thanks Tara! I love it when my brain accommodates my taste buds 😉
      xx

  • 09/06/2014 at 12:44 AM
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    Yum jealous of the food that you had at QT but looks like you made something to compete with what you had! These look delish

    • 09/08/2014 at 3:26 AM
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      The food at QT was absolutely amazing, they have brilliant, brilliant chefs there.
      xx

  • 09/10/2014 at 4:34 AM
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    I love mini desserts in their own containers, and these look super easy too. I was very disappointed that QT's buffet breakfast was not available for my dining pleasure in my kitchen the day I got home! 🙂

    • 09/12/2014 at 4:06 AM
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      It was a rude shock, wasn't it? I feel your pain. the QT Blog published the recipe for the amazing little pudding, and it is so, so complicated. I'm not sure I'd attempt it!
      xx

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