Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Vanilla cheesecake with wild red berries

vanilla-cheesecake-hero.jpg
clos-magiore-hero.jpg

Marcellin Marc, a leading chef at Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden, tells us how to make a sumptuous vanilla cheesecake with pistachio cookies and wild red berries. His restaurant was once voted the most romantic eatery in London, and from this heavenly dish, it's not difficult to see why...

Serves: 2.

Preparation time: 30 minutes.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients

For the cheesecake mousse:

  • 45g/1 3/4oz cream cheese
  • 15g/1/2oz caster sugar
  • ½ vanilla pod, scored lengthways and seeds removed
  • 50ml/1/4pt whipped cream

For the wild red berry compote:

  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 100g/4oz wild red berries, rinsed

For the pistachio cookies:

  • 50g/2oz unsalted butter
  • 25g/1oz caster sugar
  • 50g/2oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp peeled pistachios

For the raspberry sheet:

  • 150ml/1/4pt milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • Generous handful fresh raspberries

Method

1. Start by making the cheesecake mousse. In a large bowl whisk the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla seeds until smooth. Then gradually fold in the whipped cream. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

2. For the compote, put the sugar in a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until it begins to melt. Stir until completely melted and then add the red berries and simmer gently for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

3. Meanwhile, make the pistachio cookies. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas 4. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then slowly add the flour and pistachios and continue to mix. Roll out the dough into a sheet 1cm/1/2in thick with a rolling pin. Cut into small round shapes using a glass, help upside down, as a template. Place the cookies onto a non-stick baking tray and bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove and leave to cool.

4. Reduce the oven temperature to 130°C, 250°F, Gas ½.

5. Lastly, make the raspberry sheet. Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat. In a separate bowl mix the egg yolk with the sugar, then add the corn flour and raspberries. Add the mixture to the milk and boil for another 2 minutes. Spread the mixture evenly over a non-stick baking tray and cook in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and while it’s still warm and carefully roll the sheet into 2 cannelloni shapes.

6. Fill a piping bag with the cheesecake mousse and then fill each tube with the mixture.

7. To plate, place a cookie or 2 in the centre of each plate and then put a spoonful of the berry compote on top. Finally, put the cheesecake tube on top and serve straightaway.

Clos Maggiore (closmaggiore.com) is a beautiful French restaurant in Clos Maggiore which serves exquisite cuisine alongside an award-wining wine list with over 2,000 bins. It was recently shortlised for Square Meal's Restaurant of the Year 2011.

Related

BOCCA-RadishSalad_crop.jpg

Jacob Kenedy’s Radish and Celeriac Salad

prawns-chilli.jpg

King prawns with mango and chilli salsa

Macaroni-Cheese-2.jpg

Macaroni cheese in 40 minutes

Comments

Latest...

The best London restaurants for late-night dining

Make the most of the night tube with 24-hour restaurants and post-theatre deals by Amy Swales

26 Aug 2016

Gin cocktail recipes inspired by Great British Bake Off

All the joys of home baking in liquid form by Amy Swales

26 Aug 2016

Ten of the best rosé wines for the bank holiday weekend

When a heatwave hits, you know what to do by Victoria Gray

25 Aug 2016

Batch cocktail recipes to toast the Bank Holiday with

Get creative with these classic concoctions by Jenny Tregoning

25 Aug 2016

Why leftovers are blazing a trail to a new foodie trend

From recyclable relishes to cast-off cocktails and beyond by Victoria Gray

23 Aug 2016

Vegans are like a “sect” and should “all be killed,” says top TV chef

“It’s true, and I mean vegans, not vegetarians." by Harriet Hall

22 Aug 2016

Symmetry breakfasts: favourites from the hit Instagram account

The precisely arranged snaps have struck a chord with foodies worldwide by Harriet Hall

09 Aug 2016

Recipes and tips to help you prepare for a healthy week

Batch cooking, pre-mixing by Sejal Kapadia Pocha

04 Aug 2016

Sun day roast: give your classic roast dinner a summery twist

With the help of chef Angela Hartnet by Helen Bownass

01 Aug 2016

Pucker up for the world's favourite ice creams

From Japanese Mochi to British clotted cream by Harriet Hall

26 Jul 2016