Who doesn't love a hand-me-down recipe?!
I can't take credit for this, except that I have adapted it ever so slightly. We have a random piece of scanned paper from one of my grandma's old recipe books, so it is probably about 100 years old!
This cheesecake is made using jelly cubes instead of gelatine to help the cheesecake set in the fridge. No baking allowed.
Not a fan of lemon or lime? Just use one and double the amount! Prefer orange? Use that instead (jelly and fruit)! It's really up to you. I like to keep the cheesecake simple, but you could decorate with citrus zest or slices.
For the cake:
540g cream cheese (Philidephia)
1/4 pint whipped 1double cream
2 packets of jelly cubes (Hartley's)
2 eggs, separated
1/2 pint milk
30g caster sugar
For the base:
120g digestive biscuits
1) Line an 8 inch tin with greaseproof paper. You will need to use a tin that has a push-up bottom or spring release.
2) In a large saucepan, gently melt the butter and sugar until the butter has melted, stirring often.
3) Add the crushed digestive biscuits and pour the melted butter mixture onto the biscuits. Stir to combine. Pour the biscuit mixture into the tin and use a spoon to flatten. Ensure that all edges are met - don't be afraid to push hard! You don't want the biscuit base to fall apart.
4) In a large saucepan, gently melt the jelly with 4 tbsp of water, stirring often. Remove from the heat once the jelly has melted.
5) Beat together the egg yolks and milk and pour this mixture into the jelly. Stir. Return the mixture to the heat and stir for a few minutes - do not boil.
6) Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the zest and juice from 1 lemon and 1 lime, as well as the cream cheese. Stir to combine and leave to cool.
7) Whisk the egg whites stiffly and add the sugar - whisk again until stiff. Fold this into the cool cream cheese mixture.
8) Fold in the cream.
9) Place the mixture on top of the biscuit base, ensure that you have a flat top. Place into the fridge and leave to set, preferably overnight.
10) Remove from the tin and enjoy! To remove mine from the tin I pushed up from the bottom and had to have someone else take it from me and place onto a plate. It's a bit tricky! Have a plan before you try to remove it from the tin!