Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake

“Nothing against baking a cheesecake from scratch, but these days such an ordeal must be planned weeks in advance. There are serious questions to be considered: Am I ready for that kind of commitment? Do I leave the oven door ajar by 45 degrees or 50? Will there be a devastating fault line in the middle of my cake or will I, just this once, have it all? A deconstructed version, instead, leaves room for error and in a way forces the cook to let go. A no-bake cream, flavored like cheesecake, serves as the base for fresh summer berries, store-bought sorbet, graham cracker sand, and freeze-dried strawberry dust, all arranged haphazardly (or artfully, depending on the painter). This way, you get all the tastes and textures of a classic strawberry cheesecake without the constraints of temperature, gravity, or form. This is formless content—the clumsy pastry chef's excuse for laziness.”
READY IN:
10mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cohere the graham cracker crumbs and butter into a dampened sand.
  2. In a bowl, cream together the cheese, sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. In a larger bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold the cheese mixture into the whipped cream until combined.
  3. To plate, start with a portion of the cheesecake cream, smearing it with a spatula. Next, decorously arrange the fresh berries and dust with the graham cracker sand and crushed freeze-dried strawberries. For a temperature contrast, finish with a scoop or two of the sorbet or ice cream.

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